The fifth non-aligned summit in Sri Lanka has run into a major snag - lock of time.
The fifth non-aligned summit in Sri Lanka has run into a major snag - lock of time. There are an estimated 60 speakers still to come with only two days of the summit remaining. One of the main speeches on the opening day came from Sir Lanka's Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
SYNOPSIS: Heads of state and prime ministers from 85 countries gathered in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, for the opening. One of those attending the summit is Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus. The delegates later heard Mrs. Bandaranaike call for the withdrawal of foreign military forces form the Indian Ocean and the creation of a third world bank. She said that nations which bordered the Indian Ocean should demand the dismantling of the United States military base on Diego Garcia. She also stressed the need for a new system of world economic relations based on an equal partnership of nations.
Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, was one of the last leaders to arrive. She was flown form the airport by helicopter to the city centre and arrived just in time to join a motorcade of leaders to the conference hall. Security has been intense with so many government leaders in the capital. Thousands of police and troops have been moved in to Colombo.
The outgoing chairman of the conference was President Houri Boumedienne of Algesia. And it was he who announced his successor to the position - Mrs. Bandaranaike. Since the opening day, she has appealed to the speakers to be brief. But there has been no sign of leaders complying and the conference may run out of time.