In Havana, an ideological battle over which direction the Non-Aligned movement should take has come out into the open.
In Havana, an ideological battle over which direction the Non-Aligned movement should take has come out into the open. As the more moderate delegations worked behind the scenes in the political and economic committees to tone down a Cuban draft delearation, the radical and moderate sides became more defined. On Wednesday (5 September) a main speech by Jordan's King Hussein on the Arab world and it's feeling towards Egypt contrasted sharply with the specific suggestions made by both President Fidel Castro and Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat on the Palestinian people and the declarations the summit should make on their behalf.
More than fifty heads of state or government are attending the Non-Aligned summit in Cuba. Among them is Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda. More than sixty delegations were still to speak on Thursday (6 September).
On Wednesday (5 September) King Hussein of Jordan called for the Non-Aligned movement to reaffirm what he called "its independent outlook towards the world." The Jordanian leader spoke of the Arab nations' deep pain at Egypt's signature of its peace treaty with Israel. But he made no mention of any possible move to suspend Egypt. The Kind's address came as many delegates were saying that radical states were beginning to dominate the conference.
The King stressed that what he called the whole Arab nations' stand with the Palestinian people. And he condemned the Camp David agreement as a wrong step by Egypt.
But King Hussein's attacks were mild in comparison to the bitter attacks on the West and Egypt launched by Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat. Mr. Arafat -- seen here talking with Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere--urged a comprehensive peace settlement and appealed to the conference to stand against what he called Israeli expansionism.
President Castro, who will be chairman of the Non-Aligned movement for the next three years, accused the United States and its allies of trying to sabotage the Havana Summit. He said charges that Cuba wanted the movement to be a tool of Soviet policy were not true.