• Short Summary

    Representatives of several countries - including Morocco, Senegal and Gabonm, walked out of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit on Friday (20 July) during a debate on the divisive Western Sahara issue which threatened to prevent discussion of several other major topics before the closing session.

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    Representatives of several countries - including Morocco, Senegal and Gabonm, walked out of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit on Friday (20 July) during a debate on the divisive Western Sahara issue which threatened to prevent discussion of several other major topics before the closing session. Walkouts have plagued the conference -- the first one was staged on Wednesday (18 July) when Egypt's President Anwar Sadat defended his peace treaty with Israel. The summit fell behind schedule on Friday, and it seemed doubtful whether the heads of state would have time to get through the long list of draft resolutions.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Sadat attended the conference to seek backing in Africa for polices which have left him almost isolated in the Arab world. He insisted he still considered the Palestinian issue the crux of the Middle East problems.

    But many delegations were not receptive to his appeal for understanding. He explained that the peace treaty with Israel was "merely a framework" and that he had never called it a "full peace".

    President Chadli Benjedid of Algeria led the walkout, followed by delegation leaders from the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Djibouti, Benin and Madagascar. Mr. Sadat told them that Egypt had never wanted a separate peace, but a global solution.

    Mr. Sadat suggested if anyone could find a better solution than the one he had undertaken, he would go along with it. The Egyptian leader appealed to the conference after the protest walkout not to be infected by what he called the nervousness and tension now pervading the Arab world.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA44WRF4Z8X7EJ9FV6FTP40M0T
    Media URN:
    VLVA44WRF4Z8X7EJ9FV6FTP40M0T
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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