Thousands of Libyans who crossed into Egypt on Friday (20th July) to press for immediate unity between Libya and Egypt are returning home on the instructions of their leaders.
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Background: Thousands of Libyans who crossed into Egypt on Friday (20th July) to press for immediate unity between Libya and Egypt are returning home on the instructions of their leaders.
A member of the Libyan Revolutionary Command council, Major Mustapha Al Kharawubi flew to Mersa Matruch on Friday night for talks with the Governor of Mersa Matruch and other Egyptian officials. He apparently used his good offices to end the march after contacting members of the organising committee. He flew to Cairo afterwards with 21 Libyans from the committee, taking a document written in blood, demanding a full-scale merger between the two countries.
The Libyans off on foot and by car on Wednesday (18th), but the Egyptian authorities made it clear that the cavalcade of about 5,000 vehicles would not be allowed any further than Mersa Matruh, 80 miles insi??? Egypt. Earlier a bulldozer at the head of the procession smashed down the Libyan and Egyptian border gates and customs kiosks as loudspeakers proclaimed that no "artificial barriers" should separate the countries.
As the motorcade, decked with colorful slogans, arrived at the outskirts of Mersa Matruh, hundreds of holiday-makers turned out to cheer, some shouting "welcome to Egypt your homeland."
Tripoli Radio broadcast a cable from the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi on Friday in which he told President Sadat he had resigned as President on July 11th after inconclusive Cairo talks on the unity issue. He said he was surprised at the news of the march and joined Mr. Sadat in appealing to those taking part to heed Egyptian instructions. The radio prompty broadcast a statement from the Libyan Revolutionary Command Council rejecting the resignation. Libyans have since been staging demonstrations to persuade their leader to continue in office.