President Gaddafi of the Libyan Jamahiriyah opened his anti - Egypt Arab summit in Tripoli on Friday (2 December), and brought President Assad of Syria together with extremist Palestinian leaders for the first time for years.
GV: Arab leaders entering conference hall and taking seats (2 shots)
SV PAN: Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi and other leaders seated.
SCU: Yasser Arafat.
CU: Algerian leader Houari Boumedienne
GV: leaders seated around table (2 shots)
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Background: President Gaddafi of the Libyan Jamahiriyah opened his anti - Egypt Arab summit in Tripoli on Friday (2 December), and brought President Assad of Syria together with extremist Palestinian leaders for the first time for years.
SYNOPSIS: The conference had been scheduled to start the day before, but was delayed, apparently awaiting the arrival of the South Yemen President to join Colonel Gaddafi, President Assad, and President Boumedi??? of Algeria together with representatives from Iraq. The PLO put forward Yasser Arafat. Yemen later sent a delegation led by Mr Abdel Fattah Ismail, a member of the country's three-men Presidential Council.
It was the first time Libyan Jamahiriyah leader, Colonel Gaddafi had met the leaders opposed to the Sadat visit since the historic scenes in Jerusalem. Before him were Doctor George Habbash, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Soon to be around the table were many differing views as to the middle East solution; and for some the meeting was unique.
The other leaders at the conference, like Algeria's President Boumedienne, will be trying to accommodate the strongly differing views of the Palestinian representatives in Tripoli. And whether Syria and Iraq can resolve their deep rooted differences may also determine the effectiveness of any radical front which evolves from the meeting. The Libyan Jamahiriyah hosts are reported as saying that the mere fact that both countries are attending the summit is a sign of progress.