On the second day of the Pre-summit conference of Arab Foreign Ministers in Tunis delegates sought a way of restoring peace in Lebanon.
On the second day of the Pre-summit conference of Arab Foreign Ministers in Tunis delegates sought a way of restoring peace in Lebanon. The Lebanese had submitted a document calling for the removal of all combatants including Palestinian guerrillas from the U.N. controlled southern part of the country. Conference sources said the Lebanese delegation rejected attempts to amend the document so that freedom of movement for the Palestinians was not curtailed. The ministers eventually adopted a three-point agenda for the Arab League Summit Conference next week (20 November) which gives priority to the 'Arab-Israeli conflict' over the Southern Lebanon issue.
SYNOPSIS: The Pre-summit meeting was opened on Thursday (15 November) by Iraqi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hamed Alwan. He rebuffed a Libyan resolution condemning the Carter Administration's freezing of Iranian assets in the United States by saying Ayatollah Khomeini's administration was even worse than the deposed Shah's.
The other opening speaker was the League's Secretary-General Chedli Klibi from Tunisia. The Western Sahara issue is not expected to be discussed during the conference as Algeria is unlikely to raise it. Conference sources said Syria, Iraq and Jordan submitted separate documents on the Middle East situation, Monsieur Klibi was appointed Secretary General earlier this month. He was formerly Information Minister in the Tunisian government.
The motion to condemn President Carter's action was rejected. However informed sources said several oil producing states were concerned that the U.S. might take similar action against them, if they ever resorted to the oil weapon.