Thousands of cheering youths greeted five hundred delegates who arrived at Cairo University to-day for an Afro-Asian solidarity conference.
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Background: Thousands of cheering youths greeted five hundred delegates who arrived at Cairo University to-day for an Afro-Asian solidarity conference.
The gathering is announced here as being an answer to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit talks held in Paris earlier this month.
The delegates passed under arches bearing slogans in English, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and other tongues. Cyprus is the only region outside Africa and Asia represented. Turkey, originally named as attending, was omitted from the list at the last moment, almost.
In conference circles it was said that Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, South Viet-Nam, South Korea, and Pakistan had all apparently boycotted the conference. But Jordon was represented by political exiles.
Colonel Sadat, Egyptian Chairman, opened the proceedings with a pleas for moderation. "We have to see the problems facing us in their true light, avoiding exaggeration, which makes solutions difficult," he said.
The forty-two delegates are non-governmental, being drawn from "solidarity committees". In the Communist countries these represent their Governments' views.