A small contingent of members of the Libyan police force are in Cairo helping in such duties as traffic direction as part of the movement towards merger between Libya and Egypt.
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Background: A small contingent of members of the Libyan police force are in Cairo helping in such duties as traffic direction as part of the movement towards merger between Libya and Egypt.
It's part of an exchange programme aimed at familiarising the forces of the two countries with each other -- a tentative step towards a political and economic merger that has ben agreed on in principle.
The merger talks have bogged down recently on demands by Libyan Head of State Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who says union should come immediately. The Egyptian government favours the merger, but at a slower pace.
In spits of the problems, exchange programmes such as that between the police forces, are aimed at smoothing the way to the eventual union.
SYNOPSIS: Drivers in the streets of Cairo have been getting their directions lately from Libyan policemen. It's all party of an exchange programme between Libyan and Egyptian police forces.
The exchange programme is part of moves aimed at smoothing the proposed merger between the two countries -- a political and economic union already agreed on in principal. Talks on union have bogged down recently, but the exchange programmes have continued.
The Libyan police are not just helped out by regular Cairo officers, but by schoolgirls who act as traffic wardens to assist pedestrians at busy intersections.
The exchange programmes, familiarising the forces with each other, are hoped to be put to use when merger talks resume. The merger has ben held up by Egyptian reluctance to make it complete and immediate, as demanded by Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Under the original agreement, the union was to take place by September.