In Sri Lanka, the opening session of a twenty-five nation meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement was delayed on Thursday (7 June) by a dispute over Kampuchean representation and Egyptian membership.
GV EXTERIOR Conference hall in Colombo.
CS Delegates embrace each other and walk into building.
MS Delegates take their places at the conference.
CU Sri Lankan President Junius Richard Jayawardene acknowledging applause from crowd.
LS Delegates in conference hall.
CS President Jayawardene speaking.
CS Delegation from Kampuchean Heng Samrin government arriving at Colombo airport.
Egypt survived moves to have its membership of the Movement suspended and a proposal to deny recognition of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty was not passed. The Non-Aligned Co-ordinating Bureau did issue a harsh condemnation of United States and Israeli policies on the Middle East.
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Background: In Sri Lanka, the opening session of a twenty-five nation meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement was delayed on Thursday (7 June) by a dispute over Kampuchean representation and Egyptian membership. After twenty-four hours of emergency talks, the conference opened with the two issues unresolved.
SYNOPSIS: Five hundred delegates from eighty-eight countries and eight international organisations gathered in Colombo's conference hall. The Movement's twenty-five nation co-ordination bureau was to prepare for a full summit meeting in Cuba next September.
Sri Lankan President Junius Richard Jayawardene told delegates that consultations on the Egyptian and Kampuchean questions were continuing. By the end of the four-day meeting, hard line Arab rejectionist states had failed to have Egypt suspended from the Movement for signing the peace treaty with Israel.
The delegation from the new Kampuchean government of Heng Samrin objected to the presence of representatives from the ousted Pol Pot government. The whole issue of Kampuchean representation was left to be resolved during the Havana summit and the pro-Pol Pot delegates were allowed to remain in the conference without voting rights.