INTRODUCTION: The leader of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has defended his country's intervention in Chad.
GV INTERIOR Officials and delegates seated in conference hall of Arab People's Congress in Tripoli
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Omar Hamadi, Arab People's Congress Secretary-General, receiving applause
SV Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, walks onto platform to cheers
TV PAN Delegates standing cheering and giving clenched fist salute with Col. Gaddafi seated on platform returning clenched fist salute (2 shots)
Col. Gaddafi speaking in Arabic
CU Colonel Gaddafi acknowledges applause at end of his speech
CU Azab Al Khalifa, Director General of Ministry of Information, seated in his office in Tripoli speaking in English
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 7: AL KHALIFA: "It must be understood that both France and the West in general, has vital interests in Africa and in North Africa and has very important economic relations with us. There is for instance oil, trade, industry, military hardware, and all these can be hit, and can be hit, and will be hit, very hard, if the West doesn't try or even attempt to understand what we're all about, what we're doing. People, particularly France and certain European countries, for instance the German Foreign Secretary and the British Foreign Secretary, made statement regarding our involvement in Chad. It seems that the whole world is against even our attempting to be brotherly and friendly with Chad. But nobody is objecting to, for instance, the French presence in Senegal, in Gabon, in Dahomey, in Niger, Cameroun, and nobody objected to the French intervention in Zaire; nobody objected to the Moroccan and Egyptian intervention in Zaire, for instance."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: After the Congress meeting the official Libyan news agency, JANA, reported the main resolutions, which included a statement that Arab oil and bank deposits should be used in the fight against what it called 'Zionist imperialism'. It also expressed support for the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the projected Libyan-Syrian merger.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The leader of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has defended his country's intervention in Chad. During a meeting of the Arab People's Congress which ended its five day session in Tripoli on Monday (9 January), Colonel Gaddafi claimed Libyan forces were invited into Chad and that the merger he had announced between the two countries was not 'political unity' but a 'union of the masses'.
SYNOPSIS: The Arab People's Congress met in Tripoli amid controversy over Libyan intentions in neighbouring Chad. Presided over by Secretary-General, Omar Hamadi, the Congress was attended by about 170 organisations, made up of trade unions, political parties and "people's movements". Colonel Gaddafi was warmly greeted by delegates when he walked onto the main platform.
Libyan forces intervened in Chad in December. Latest estimates put the number of Libyan troops there at between six and seven thousand men backed up by about 100 Soviet-made T54 tanks and Brazilian-made armoured personnel carriers. No African country supports the Libyan intervention, nor Colonel Gaddafi's announcement of a merger between Chad and Libya. In a speech to the Congress the Colonel expressed surprise at African opposition to the merger. He described it as a 'union of the masses' and explained that his country's intervention was at the request of the National Liberation Front of Chad (Frolinat) and that it had put an end to a war which had lasted 20 years.
The Libyan action, however, has angered France. Chad was a former French colony, a fact recalled by Azab Al Khalifa, the Director-General of the Libyan Ministry of Information, who claimed his country's motives were being misunderstood.