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    TRIPOLI, LIBYA/RABAT, MOROCCO

    The General People's Congress in Libya has unanimously approved a treaty of Union with Morocco.

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    LIBYA (LJB)
    1. SV Band playing inside hall with conference delegates. (2 SHOTS) 0.33
    2. GVs Speaker seated at front of conference speaking as audience applauds. (SOT) (4 SHOTS) 1.11
    MOROCCO (RTM)
    3. SVs
    3. SVs & GVs Moroccans voting in referendum. (7 SHOTS) 2.01
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    Background: TRIPOLI, LIBYA/RABAT, MOROCCO

    The General People's Congress in Libya has unanimously approved a treaty of Union with Morocco. The agreement is due to become effective on September 1, the fifteenth anniversary of the revolution which brought Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to power. About seven million Moroccan voters were expected to endorse the alliance in a referendum held on August 31. The treaty between the pro-western kingdom of Morocco and radical Libya has startled some members of the Arab world and beyond. Syrian President Hafez al-Assad went to Libya to express his concern over the agreement, while President Francois Mitterrand of France held secret talks with Morocco's head of state King Hassan. France, the former administrative power in most of north Africa, closely watches developments in the area. The union treaty sets up a general secretariat which will be led by a Moroccan based in Tripoli, as well as joint councils on political, military, economic and cultural affairs. The agreement says any attack against one of the signatories will be considered as an act of aggression on the other. Diplomats say the main economic benefits which Moroccans can expect from the accord are jobs for Moroccans in Libya, more Libyan investments in joint enterprises in Morocco and possible concessions on the price of Libyan oil. Political leaders in Rabat have described the treaty as a first step towards regional and Arab unity. They have said the union should not be seen as a Rabat-Tripoli attempt to counter a treaty of brotherhood and concord signed by Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania. Morocco is at odds with Algiers over the so-called Western Sahara conflict, in which Algerian-backed guerrillas have been fighting Morocco for nine years. Algeria has been campaigning for the independence of the former Spanish territory.

    Source: LJB/RTM

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5WOK8JWL0UH2SRB1DR4NIVQQ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA5WOK8JWL0UH2SRB1DR4NIVQQ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
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    N/A

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