News and Views [ August 1999 ]

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Tuesday: 31 August, 1999: Bizima Karaha, the rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), told Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi Saturday he will sign a ceasefire agreement in the war-torn central Africa country, Libyan state television said. "Karaha said he will sign the Lusaka accord as soon as possible," the television said after the chief of the main rebel group, the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), met Qadhafi. The meeting was "part of the Libyan leader's intensive efforts to find a peaceful resolution of the DRC conflict and avoid foreign intervention in Africa," the television said. [SAPA - AFP]
Tuesday: 31 August, 1999: President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday played down a riot by Libyan fans near the end of a soccer match between Libya and Iraq in Amman on Sunday, a leading Iraqi newspaper reported on Monday. The Libyans rioted in the dying minutes of the Pan-Arab Games semi-final match with Iraq leading 3-1. The referee stopped play and awarded the game to Iraq, which meets Jordan in the final on Tuesday. ``Such behaviour by some Libyan fans does not represent the reality of the feeling (towards Iraq) of our people and kinsfolk in Libya,'' Babel newspaper quoted Uday as saying. [Reuters]
Tuesday: 31 August, 1999: In an attempt to aid business crippled by international sanctions and improve political ties, JAT, Yugoslavia's largest airline, launched a new weekly flight Monday from Belgrade to the Libyan capital, Tripoli. European Union sanctions have prevented JAT from flying to the vast majority of its regular destinations, limiting its service to one local and a handful of international flights. JAT is currently maintaining service to Russia, China, Tunisia, Cyprus and Turkey. The launch of new service to Tripoli is also another attempt by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's regime to improve ties with Libya, which has provided some aid to Yugoslavia during its years of international isolation. [AP]
Tuesday: 31 August, 1999: Police fired tear gas and beat Libyan fans with clubs Sunday after violence broke out with Libya on the verge of losing a soccer match to Iraq in the Arab Games. With five minutes left in the match, fans ripped out seats and threw them on the field. About 45 people including some policemen, sustained minor injuries and were given first aid, according to Dr. Bassem Tamimi at Al Bashir Hospital. None of the injured, identified as being from Libya and Jordan, required hospitalization. As the referee suspended the game, police moved in and cleared the stands. Fans were seen scuffling with police, and at least one policeman was seen clutching his head. During the trouble, policemen led Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's son, Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi, out of the stands along with his aides. Television commentators said he was being removed for his own safety. Qadhafi earlier got into an altercation with security forces who were standing in front of him. [AP]
Letters: " The Libyan community abroad and the latest meetings "

Sunday: 29 August, 1999: Libyans in the United States will be holding a demonstration Wednesday to protest against the continuing abuses of human rights by Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi regime. The Organizing Committee for the September Demonstration said in a press release that the demonstration will be held in front of the Libyan Mission to the UN in New York, Wednesday, 1 September, 1999. "Under oppression, Libya has been transformed from a prosperous developing country into a state of corruption and disorder. Thirty years of social, political and economic mutilation have wasted Libya's human and natural resources, and in return produced a disfigured regime that is preoccupied with self preservation at all costs." The committee said in a press release published last Thursday. To view the press release, please click here
Sunday: 29 August, 1999: Libya's Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi was quoted on Friday as saying Palestinian negotiations with Israel amounted to a surrender and the only solution was to establish a new country in Palestine for Arabs and Jews to share. ``What is happening is not a peace process. ... It is a surrender,'' the Libyan leader said in an interview published in the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat. He told al-Hayat that Israel wanted the world to consider the Palestinians as refugees who were to be resettled in Arab or other countries or were to live in Israel as Israeli citizens. Seven million emigre Palestinians should return home and the United Nations should conduct free elections for a democratic Palestine to be established as home for Arabs and Jews alike, Qadhafi said. [Reuters] To view al-Hayat interview with Qadhafi, please click here
Sunday: 29 August, 1999: In a rare admission, Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi acknowledged that an Islamic militant movement had existed in Libya but said it was ``finished easily.'' The movement consisted of youths originally paid by U.S. intelligence to fight the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s, Qadhafi said in comments published Friday in the al-Hayat newspaper. ``They returned desperate and destructive, and adopted killing and explosives as their profession, according to the training they received from the American intelligence,'' the London-based newspaper quoted Qadhafi as saying. ``(But) this group was finished easily and quickly,'' he added. Qadhafi did not say how the group was crushed, but said many members informed authorities about ``who sneaked into the country, their hideouts and who was behind them.'' Violence in Libya from Islamic militants never reached the levels of neighboring Egypt and Algeria. Still, in 1997 and 1998, exiled Libyan opposition groups regularly were telling of militants' attacks on the military and government officials, especially around the eastern city of Benghazi. [AP] To view al-Hayat interview with Qadhafi, please click here
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Please concentrate on Libya
Follow al-Ketab wal Sunnah

Friday: 27 August, 1999: Sudanese opposition groups gave a mixed response Wednesday to an Egyptian-Libyan plan to end Sudan's 16-year civil war, with some leaders saying the plan has been accepted and others saying it has not. The Sudanese government agreed to the plan Monday, and on Wednesday, an official of the umbrella opposition group, the National Democratic Alliance, said his side had accepted it as well. NDA Secretary-General Mubarak el-Fadel el-Mahdi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from London that the alliance agreed to the deal during a meeting in Tripoli, Libya, earlier this month. But in Eritrea, a spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Army - which is a member of the NDA and the biggest rebel group - said the NDA could not hold talks until conditions improve. [AP]
Thursday: 26 August, 1999: About 10 people were hurt, including three Palestinian players and a policeman, when clashes broke out between spectators during the Libya-Palestine football match at the Arab Games in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, witnesses said. Scuffles first broke out in the stands between supporters of the opposing sides, and then spread to the players in the dressing rooms. The police were forced to move in, using tear gas to break up the fighting. The three injured Palestinian players were named by their colleagues as Ziad al-Kurd, Nader al-Nims and Saeb Jundieh. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. [AFP]
Letters: " Photos of Bani Walid "

Tuesday: 24 August, 1999: The chief prosecutor at the impending trial of two Libyans charged with the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, said Monday he would indict other people if evidence of their involvement emerged at the trial. Lord Hardie, Scotland's Lord Advocate who will lead the prosecution at the trial due to start in the Netherlands early next year, denied any suggestion of a deal with Libya to hold back any evidence. ``If in the course of the trial evidence comes available of the involvement of other people I will take the appropriate steps to indict (them),'' Hardie told reporters after briefing relatives of U.S. victims of the bombing on the form of the trial. He said they could not be tried during the course of the trial of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fahima. Libya surrendered the two men to the United Nations in April after years of wrangling with British and U.S. authorities. [Reuters]
Tuesday: 24 August, 1999: Scotland's top law official Monday briefed the American families of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie Pan Am airplane bombing on procedures for the trial of two Libyan suspects in what will be the first Scottish criminal proceeding without a jury. U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman said more than 150 people attended the briefing at a Washington hotel from Lord Hardie, who will conduct the prosecution at the trial, to open in the Netherlands early next year. State Department spokesman James Foley conceded there were varied views among the relatives about the case but said Washington was proud of its achievement of securing Libyan compliance with its demand to submit the suspects to trial. ``It must produce whatever evidence is relevant to the case, to finding out what happened and how it happened and who was involved. We trust that this will be a free trial, a fair trial and we cannot predict what will come out of that trial,'' he said at a regular State Department news conference. [Reuters]
Letters: " Libya and Information Technology "

Letters: " Join us in this initiative"

Saturday: 21 August, 1999: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi in an interview published Friday urged African nations to put aside their differences and create a ``United States of Africa.'' Modern railways, roads, and air links must be created to link the nations of sub-Saharan Africa with those of northern Africa, Qadhafi said. He called on Europe to help develop those projects. ``I want to create a new Africa,'' Qadhafi told the French daily Le Figaro, saying the jumble of nations on the African continent could not survive economically unless they united. ``It's in the interest of Europe, of America, of China and of Japan that there exists a group called the United States of Africa.'' Qadhafi said his proposals for a united Africa were a result of Europe's desire to have dealings with regional groupings rather than individual countries. [AP]
Saturday: 21 August, 1999: A French state prosecutor has recommended throwing out a complaint against Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi that was filed by relatives of victims who died in the 1989 bombing of a French passenger jet, judicial officials said Friday. The officials, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said world leaders in office cannot be tried under French law because they have diplomatic immunity. The complaint was filed in June by the human rights group SOS Attentats. It accused the Libyan leader of being an accomplice to manslaughter in the attack on the UTA DC-10 jet en route to Paris from the Republic of Congo. In an interview published in Friday's edition of French newspaper Le Figaro, Qadhafi said Libya was not behind the bombing. [AP]
Try to listen and hear the logic
... not going to participate in a circus
If you are loyal, go back and fight
Try something better to unite us
How easily detracted we can become
It is easy to criticize, analyze

Friday: 20 August, 1999: Families of victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, will be briefed next week by Scottish prosecutors about the upcoming trial in the Netherlands of two Libyans accused of the crime. The U.S. Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime arranged the two-day, closed meeting with Scottish prosecutors, constables and Justice officials ``to try to address all the questions that arise before a trial is to begin to indeed make sure that survivors are informed,'' U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno told her weekly news conference Thursday. ``I think it is very important for survivors, for victims, to understand what the processes are,'' said Reno, who will address the families Monday. [AP]
Letters: " No individual have committed more atrocities than Gaddafi "

Thursday: 19 August, 1999: An Egyptian-Libyan delegation has arrived to Khartoum to brief Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir and top officials on a plan to end the 16-year-old war in Sudan, newspapers reported on Wednesday. The eight-member delegation, which arrived late Tuesday, will meet with Beshir, the influential National Assembly speaker Hassan al-Turabi, and Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismail, Sudanese dailies said. A Libyan plan endorsed by Egypt calls for "an immediate halt to military operations and media campaigns by all the parties as well as the opening of a direct dialogue between the government and the opposition." The Sudanese government has accepted the plan but has objected to conditions attached by the opposition, such as linking a ceasefire to a political agreement and requesting the release of political prisoners. [AFP]
Letters: " Who are you guys kidding? "

Wednesday: 18 August, 1999: The Clinton administration is considering dropping Libya from the U.S. list of alleged state sponsors of terrorism and Syria may not be far behind, according to a congressional research report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. ``Libyan sponsorship of terrorism has declined to the point at which the administration is considering removing it from the list,'' according to an annual report on Middle East guerrilla groups released to Congress last week. The Congressional Research Service report said the April handover for trial of the two suspects in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of a Pan Am plane over Lockerbie, Scotland made Libya ``a strong candidate for removal from the terrorism list.'' [Reuters]
Wednesday: 18 August, 1999: South Korea's Daewoo Corp. said Tuesday that it attained guarantees from the Export-Import Bank of Korea for two major overseas projects. The state-invested bank provided guarantees for the construction of a thermo-electric power plant in the northern Benghazi region of Libya worth US$299 million. Daewoo, which won the order in a consortium with Italian firm Ansaldo, was recently rejected by a French bank for a guarantee.
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Nothing can be done by proxy
Stop wheeling and dealing
No reconciliation with Gadafi until ...
Everybody knows who is responsible

Tuesday: 17 August, 1999: Saudi private oil firm Nimir Petroleum Co Ltd on Monday said it had started drilling operations in a shared Tunisian-Libyan offshore oil block in the Mediterranean. Drilling on the first exploration well started on Saturday, the company said in a statement to Reuters. ``The result of the 2D/3D seismic campaign of 1998 allowed picking the location of El Amal South-1. The Sedco-Forex Actinia semi-submersible rig carries out the operations in the 7th November block,'' Nimir said. In 1997, Tunisia and Libya, represented by their jointly owned oil firm Joint Oil, awarded a contract to explore their "the 7th November field" to a consortium formed by Nimir, as operator, with Malaysia's state oil firm Petronas. [Reuters]
Tuesday: 17 August, 1999: Enterprise software developer BEA Systems has announced a worldwide Linux development contest. The company will offer $50,000 in prize money for the winning entries.The competition aims to find the best applications created using BEA's Tuxedo or WebLogic Server running on Linux. The competition is open to applicants in any country except for Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, and Sudan. [NewsBytes]
Tuesday: 17 August, 1999: Liberia accused Guinean forces Monday of using artillery to support rebel attacks on its border territory and said it would seek troops from allies to defend its territory. ``I can assure you that Liberia will seek military assistance from her friends. ... I am not talking about ordering arms and ammunition ... but I can assure you that we can ask for troops from friendly countries because we are not armed,'' Liberian President Taylor said. Taylor did not mention any country but he has had close relations with Burkina Faso and Libya since he launched a seven-year civil war in Liberia with an invasion from Ivory Coast in 1989. [Reuters]
Letters: " The real motives of non-marginal people"

Monday: 16 August, 1999: The Irish Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mr Walsh, is visiting Tripoli for talks aimed at securing an early resumption of the shipment of live animals from Ireland to Libya. Following a series of visits by Irish delegations to Tripoli and by Libyan delegations to Dublin, agreement on resumption of the trade was eventually reached last year after a meeting between the Taoiseach, Mr Ahern, and a Libyan delegation headed by Mr Ahmed el-Atrish, who was educated at Trinity College Dublin. The Government discussed the possibility of providing scientific, technical and diagnostic training for Libyan students in return for Tripoli's agreement to take Irish cattle. The setting up of a joint economic committee to stimulate trade between the two countries was also discussed. [The Irish Times]
Letters: " Libyans abroad do not need Mu'tamarat Sha'biya"

Sunday: 15 August, 1999: The Libyan leader Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has met a representative of President Omar Bongo of Gabon to talk about the conflict in the Great Lakes Region. Colonel Qadhafi has been mediating talks on several African conflicts over the last few months including those in the Great Lakes Region, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Horn of Africa. On Thursday the Libyan president met Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo to discuss the special summit of the Organisation of African Unity, which is scheduled to take place in Tripoli from September 6-9. [BBC]
Letters: " BiTaaqet tahaani"

Saturday: 14 August, 1999: The Arab League said on Thursday it supported Sudan's decision last week to issue a ceasefire with southern rebels. In a statement, the League asked that the United Nations and other organisations also back Sudan's move, ``as well as Egypt's and Libya's efforts to achieve reconciliation in Sudan.'' Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi met on Aug 4 and discussed attempts to work towards national reconciliation in Sudan. They also have hosted meetings of the Sudanese opposition recently in an attempt to help find a solution to 16 years of civil war in Sudan. [Reuters]
Saturday: 14 August, 1999: An international journalism watchdog organization has identified 20 countries as enemies of the Internet because of their extraordinary efforts to block access to this new means of communication. Among the very worst, this group said, were the communist regimes in China, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam, the post-Soviet states of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, and the authoritarian regimes in Burma, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, and Tunisia. [RFE/RL]
Letters: " al-Sature magazine"

Friday: 13 August, 1999: Experts at the Libyan National Centre of Astronomy have asserted that an underground nuclear test by Israel was responsible for Wednesday's earthquake in several parts of the Eastern Mediterranean. In a statement issued in Tripoli Wednesday, the specialised Libyan centre accused Israeli authorities of exploiting the solar eclipse on 11 August and the world attention it attracted to carry out the blast in the country's south, with a tacit nod from US intelligence. The statement recalled that Israel had in the past four years conducted a series of nuclear tests in the Aqaba gulf between the border of Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, causing violent ripples in the region. Although these were termed as earthquakes, the Libyans affirmed that they were in fact the after effects of nuclear tests. [PANA]
Friday: 13 August, 1999: French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine has expressed his country's wish to strengthen relations with Libya. According to a report on Libyan television, Vedrine expressed the wish in a message to his Libyan counterpart, Omar Mountassir. Libyan-French relations have improved significantly since Tripoli accepted to pay compensation to relatives of victims in the UTA passenger plane that was blown up by a bomb in 1989 over the Tenere desert in Niger. The compensation money was transferred to Paris in mid-July, although the ties had begun to warm up after the 6 April suspension of UN sanctions that was imposed on Libya in connection with the Lockerbie affair. Soon after the sanctions were suspended, a number of French companies sent delegations to explore investment possibilities in the Libyan market. [PANA]
Friday: 13 August, 1999: Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in Libya on Thursday where he held talks with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on African issues, Libyan state television reported. The television, monitored in Tunis, showed Obasanjo talking with Qadhafi in a tent in the coastal city of Sirte, some 450 km (280 miles) east of Tripoli. The visit came ahead of an Organisation of African Unity summit due in Sirte on September 6-9 to discuss a Libyan plan to revise the OAU's charter. The revision is aimed at establishing what Tripoli calls an ``African United States.'' [Reuters]
Letters: " It is time for the dictator to go"

Thursday: 12 August, 1999: Libya is to host an African industrial trade fair ( 4 - 20 September ) to stimulate inter-African economic cooperation as well as promote complementarity among countries on the continent. The fair will be held shortly after the 30th anniversary of the Libyan revolution which brought Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to power 1 September, 1969. Sources close to the Libyan trade fair organisation office said invitations had already been sent to governments and companies intending to exhibit products and activities. The fair will also coincide with the extraordinary OAU summit intended to review the charter of the continental body, scheduled 6 - 9 September in Libya's seaport city of Sirte. [PANA]
Letters: " Let us agree to disagree"

Wednesday: 11 August, 1999: The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it was seeking an official reply from Libya on the fate of six Bulgarian nationals held in detention for over six months. In early February, 19 Bulgarian medical workers had been detained in connection with an investigation by Libyan authorities into how children in a hospital in Benghazi where they worked became infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Thirteen of the medical workers were later freed, but five nurses and a doctor remained in custody. Officials in Sofia insist they are witnesses and not suspected criminals. ``The Bulgarian medical workers are being held in detention as witnesses and had not been accused of any crime,'' a senior Foreign Ministry official told Reuters. ``Now the investigation has been completed, and we expect Libyan authorities to inform us over its results,'' he added. [Reuters]
Wednesday: 11 August, 1999: In the wake of their summit last week, Egypt and Libya have set the ball rolling for a peace conference involving the Sudanese government and opposition, a Sudanese opposition spokesman said Tuesday. The two countries set up a joint committee to build international support for such a conference and formed another one to work out organizational details, Umma Party spokesman Hassan Ahmed al-Hassan told AFP. The committees were set up after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hosted talks last week in Egypt with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, who had proposed a plan for negotiations. The Libyan plan calls for "an immediate halt to military operations and media campaigns by all the parties as well as the opening of a direct dialogue between the government and the opposition." [AFP]
Letters: " It is our country"

Tuesday: 10 August, 1999: Libya's Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on Monday offered his help toward a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India, the official APP News agency reported. Qadhafi made the offer during a meeting with Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who is currently visiting Libya, the agency said in a report from the Libyan capital. It quoted Qadhafi as telling Hussain the Kashmir dispute must be settled and that he was "ready to make a positive contribution for peaceful resolution of the problem." Indai has ruled out any mediation or third party involvement over the Kashmir issue. [AFP]
Al-Agaila Concentration Camp ( a poem )

Letters: " Shedding light on our issues"

Monday: 9 August, 1999: Italian soccer club Perugia has been fined 10 million lire (US$5,562) and had goalkeeper Angelo Pagotto banned for two games after a mass brawl in a friendly game against the Libyan national team. The Italian Football League, which carried out an inquiry into the incident, also fined Perugia striker Giovanni Tedesco 10 million lire for his role in the fracas. The game on July 22 was abandoned after just 21 minutes. The league said in a statement that, while they were punishing Perugia, the blame for the brawl lay with the Libyan team. [CNN/SI]
Letters: " Here we go again II"

Sunday: 8 August, 1999: OPEC oil exporters stayed in strong compliance with output curbs in July although non-participant Iraq pushed up the group's overall production, a Reuters survey found. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries raised output in July by 270,000 barrels a day (bpd) to 26.24 million bpd from a revised 25.97 million in June, according to the survey of OPEC and industry officials, analysts and consultants. But the July estimates show compliance with supply limits among the 10 participating OPEC members at 87 percent, unchanged from June. Among small producers, Indonesia and Libya again failed to get close to pledged restrictions. [Reuters]
Letters: " Let us not underestimate our strength and value"

Saturday: 7 August, 1999: Italy supports the lifting of U.N. sanctions on Libya, the Libyan official news agency on Friday quoted Italy's foreign minister as saying. ``We will work for lifting the sanctions and will act so that other European countries do the same,'' JANA agency, monitored in Tunis, quoted Lamberto Dini as saying during a two-day visit to Libya. The sanctions, imposed after the 1988 bombing of a PanAm airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, were suspended in April but not fully rescinded in April after the Libyan government handed over two men accused of the attack, which killed 270 people. [Reuters]
Letters: " It is a good idea to sit down and talk ... "

Friday: 6 August, 1999: Libyan leader Mu'amer al-Qadhafi has met Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini, who is in Libya at the head of a large delegation of officials and experts, Libyan state television reported Thursday. It gave no details of the talks between the two. Earlier Dini met his Libyan counterpart Omar al-Muntasser and discussed with him a recent accord between the Italian oil and gas giant ENI and the Libyan state oil company NOC. The two sides agreed on a 5.5-billion-dollar scheme at the end of last month to extract oil and gas off the Libyan coast and build a 600-kilometer (375-mile) pipeline between Libya and Malta. Production is due to start at the end of 2003. [AFP]
Friday: 6 August, 1999: The first session of the extended Libya-Senegal joint committee ended Tuesday in Syrte with the signing of a protocol agreement for the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries. The agreement, signed on the Libyan side by the Secretary of the General People's Finance Committee (minister), Mohamed Beit-Al Mal, and on the Senegalese side by the foreign affairs minister, Jacques Baudin, provides for support and consolidation of cooperation between Libya and Senegal in the economic, cultural and social fields. [PANA]
Letters: " La hiata lemin tunadi ! "

Thursday: 5 August, 1999: Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on Wednesday discussed recent Middle East peace contacts and their efforts to work for national reconciliation in Sudan. Qadhafi, draped in bedouin-style robes and wearing a cap, met Mubarak in Mersa Matruh, about 200 km (120 miles) from their border, in his first trip to Egypt since the April suspension of United Nations sanctions against Libya. The last time they held a bilateral summit was in May, when Mubarak went to Libya to discuss Arab unity. ``The meeting covered current negotiations that aim to bring together points of view among Sudanese factions and ways of joint cooperation between Libya and Egypt on this issue,'' Information Minister Safwat Sherif told reporters. [Reuters]
Letters: " ... then and only then we can say: there is something positive "

Wednesday: 4 August, 1999: The Libyan newspaper al-Jamahiria urged discussion of compensation with the UK for the injuries suffered by the Libyan people during the attacks of the Allied forces against German troops in the World War II that took place on Libyan land more than 50 years ago. The newspaper said Monday that British media must remember that the defeat of Germany and Italy was tainted with Libyan blood, referring to the destruction of many villages and deaths of hundreds of Libyan civilians due to the land mines planted during this war. It added, "These mines still deprive the Libyans of benefitting from their lands in the fields of agriculture, industry and irrigation." []
Wednesday: 4 August, 1999: Sudan's ruling party criticised as unhelpful demands made by the opposition this week in Libya, which is mediating to end some 16 years of conflict in Africa's largest country, newspapers reported on Tuesday. Libya and Egypt have been working this year to reconcile Sudan's Islamist government with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which includes northeastern and southern rebels. This week the NDA met in Libya as part of mediation efforts and issued a statement calling for more freedom in Sudan. [Reuters]
Letters: " We met with Libyan brothers and not with Israelis "

Tuesday: 3 August, 1999: Libya will host a summit of African leaders in September, just five months after the United Nations suspended sanctions against the country. Leaders from member states of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) would review the guiding charter of the 36-year-old organisation at a conference in the Libyan town of Sirte, to be held from September 6 to 9, said OAU spokesman Ibrahim Dagash. ``The Libyan leader proposed that with the challenges posed by the new millennium, Africa should be prepared to move fast to review a charter adopted in 1963,'' Dagash told a news conference in the Ethiopian capital, the site of OAU headquarters. He said an OAU commission set up 20 years ago to review the charter had made ``little progress.'' [Reuters]

Monday: 2 August, 1999: Libyan opposition abroad reports that the Revolutionary Committees of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi last Wednesday executed Mr. el-Wafi Enbaiyah, a high ranking official in the foreign ministery. The National Front for the Salvation of Libya said in a press release Friday that el-Wafi Enbaiyah was hanged in public in Bin Waleed, south east of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The NFSL said that el-Wafi Enbaiyah has been detained in Bou Sleem prison in Tripoli since mid October 1993. He was accused of participating in " the October 1993 attempt " to overthrow Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's regime. For more details [in Arabic] click here
Letters: " The poet is 'AbdelKareem 'Atiya, not Jebril al-Dainali "

Letters: " This is a golden opportunity for us to make a difference ... "

Letters: " Just a reminder!"

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