At a special meeting in Tunis the Arab League has been debating Tunisian allegations of Libyan aggression.
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Background: At a special meeting in Tunis the Arab League has been debating Tunisian allegations of Libyan aggression. It called on Thursday (28 February) for the two countries to bury their differences and bring relations back to normal. But the 21-member League didn't accept the Tunisian request for a condemnation of its North African neighbour. At its opening on Wednesday (27 February) the League called for a pan-Arab committee to be set up to mediate in the bitter dispute.
SYNOPSIS: The strong disagreement between Tunis and Tripoli flared after a guerrilla attack on Tunisia's phosphate mining town of Gafsa in January. Forty-one people died and over a hundred were wounded.
Tunisia alleges that the Libyan Jamahiriyah was responsible for the attack and that Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi was trying to undermine the Tunisian government. The Libyans reject the charge. Mr. Chedli Klibi, the Arab League's Secretary-General said the dispute had split two countries linked by blood, history and a common struggle for independence and freedom.