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    Turkey urged the Moslem world to support its Cyprus case at the opening of the 41 nation Islamic Conference in Istanbul's Cultural Palace on Monday (10 May).

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    Turkey urged the Moslem world to support its Cyprus case at the opening of the 41 nation Islamic Conference in Istanbul's Cultural Palace on Monday (10 May).

    Turkish delegate Sukru Elegdag told the conference the struggle of the Turkish Moslem community of Cyprus should be looked upon as the cause of all Moslem countries. He added that the aspirations of the Palestinians were close to the heart of the Turkish nation and all Moslems.

    Mr. Elegdag also announced that Turkey intends to become a full member of the seven year old Islamic organisation. Until now Turkey has taken part in the organisation but argued that the country's constitution did not allow complete religious affiliation. However, Mr. Elegdag said the conference charter would now be submitted to parliament with reservations that would prevent Turkey's membership being incompatible with its secular constitution.

    The first two days of talks between senior officials prepare the way for a three day gathering of foreign ministers from 40 Moslem countries and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

    The foreign ministers are expected to discuss he Middle East, the problems of divided Lebanon, Cyprus and the question of Moslem minorities, including Moslem separatists in the southern Philippines.

    With memories of last year's guerrilla attack on OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria, still fresh, hundreds of police were drafted into Istanbul for the conference which will group most of the world's richest oil producers.

    SYNOPSIS: Remembering last year's guerrilla attack on OPEC headquarters in Vienna, hundreds of extra police were drafted into the Turkish city of Istanbul for the Islamic conference which started there on Monday. Delegates from 41 countries are attending the conference which will group most of the world's richest oil producers.

    During the opening day delegates were urged to support Turkey over the Cyprus issue. Turkish delegate Sukru Elegdag told the conference the struggle of the Turkish Moslem community of Cyprus should be looked upon as the cause of all Moslem countries. He added that the aspirations of the Palestinians were close to the heart of the Turkish nation and all Moslems. A delegation from the Palestinian liberation Organisation is attending the conference. Mr. Elegdag also announced that Turkey intends to become a full member of the seven year old Islamic organisation.

    The first two days of talks between senior officials prepare the way for a three day gathering of foreign ministers. The foreign ministers at the conference are expected to discuss the Middle East, the problems of divided Lebanon, Cyprus and the question of Moslem minorities - including Moslem separatists in the southern Philippines.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6VNQMTNND4A64B6AE0B53JTY8
    Media URN:
    VLVA6VNQMTNND4A64B6AE0B53JTY8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
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    N/A

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