President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has demanded that the Libyan Jamahiriyah (formerly Libya) dismantle training camps which he says were used for sabotage raids against Egypt, according to a Palestine source.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has demanded that the Libyan Jamahiriyah (formerly Libya) dismantle training camps which he says were used for sabotage raids against Egypt, according to a Palestine source. The source said that Arab mediators relayed the demand to Jamahiriyah leader Muammar Gaddafi as part of a set of conditions for maintaining the fragile Egyptian ceasefire which has halted four days of border clashes and air attacks.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday (25 July), President Sadat had talks with President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria about the clashes between Egypt and her neighbour. President Sadat had ordered a halt in military operations against the Jamahiriyah shortly after he started talks with President Boumedienne on Sunday (24 July). The Algerian leader had earlier held talks with Colonel Gaddafi.
Despite the mediation of President Boumedienne and the Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat, relations between the two countries have remained poor. Bitter exchanges have continued with Egyptian newspapers referring to Colonel Gaddafi as a maniac, madman and clown, while Libyan Jamahiriyah official sources called Mr. Sadat a zionist agent.
During the four days of clashes, Egypt claimed that her aeroplanes struck at one airfield at El Kufra and another at Adem, near Tobruk and also knocked out two radar stations, while the Jamahiriyah claimed they show down 14 Egyptian aircraft on the fourth day of hostilities alone. Both governments have repeatedly accused the others of trying to undermine each other's national security.