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    Arab opponents to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's moves towards a peace settlement with Israel have failed in their attempt to present a unified front.

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    SV PAN: Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat arrives by car and enters building.

    SV INT: President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria and Hafez Al Assad of Syria walking into conference room.

    SV PAN EXT: Libyan Jamahiriyah Colonel Muammar Gaddafi walking in gardens during break in talks and being surrounded by newsmen. (TWO SHOTS)

    CU: Gaddafi comments to newsmen in English.

    SV PAN: Gaddafi enters building.

    SV PAN AND CU: Armed guards on step watch as schoolchildren demonstrate in front of building by chanting and waving portraits of Gaddafi. (TWO SHOTS)

    SV ZOOM IN: Gaddafi on balcony with popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader George Habash (left) and Arafat raising linked arms in salute.

    SV INT: PLO spokesman sitting next to Habash speaking to newsmen in Arabic and being translated into English.

    GADDAFI:"Why we speak always about Sadat? Who is Sadat? We speak about the Arab rights of the Palestinian people, how to restore his land, how to establish his state on his land, how to liberate their country - why is it you go on Sadat, Sadat, who is Sadat?"

    PLO SPOKESMAN: "We assure our rejection for all international conference that are based on 242 and 338, including Geneva conference.

    The final document resulting from the anti-Sadat summit was signed by Colonel Gaddafi, President Boumedienne, Mr. Abdul Fatah Ismail - Secretary General of South Yemen's National Front, President Assad and Yasser Arafat. Shortly before the signing ceremony, the Iraqi delegation gave a news conference to explain the reasons for its walk-out. Mr. Jezrawi, a member of the ruling Baath party, said "We do not agree to the draft document. It will not achieve anything". Syria and Iraq, ruled by rival wings of the Baath party, have long been at odds over the principles of Middle East policy. Iraq rejected a peaceful solution, while Syria favours a negotiated end to the conflict. Observers in Tripoli quoted by Reuters news agency say the alliance formed at the summit lacks the political, military and economic impact which a front including Iraq would have had. Observers added that the measures agreed on were not likely to have much immediate practical effect.

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    Background: Arab opponents to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's moves towards a peace settlement with Israel have failed in their attempt to present a unified front. On Sunday nigh (4 December) the Iraqi delegation to the anti-Egyptian summit meeting in Tripoli stored out of the conference hall with their leader, Mr. Taha Jezrawl making angry remarks to one of his assistants. However, on Monday (5 December) the four remaining Arab countries and the Palestine Liberation Organisation signed a final document agreeing to establish a mutual Security Fact and calling for a freeze on diplomatic relations with Egypt.

    SYNOPSIS: Earlier, a day of ??? discussions had started with the arrival of Arab Leaders who disagree with President Sadat's overtures towards Israel. Among them were Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat, President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria and President Hafez Al Assad of Syria. Representatives from South Yemen and other Palestinian groups also attended.

    Hosting the meeting, Libran Jamahiriyah leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi played a key role in the proceedings. He has repeatedly expressed his implacable opposition to any form of negotiation with Israel. Walking in the People's Palace gardens during a break in the talks, he spoke briefly with newsmen.

    As Colonel Gaddafi rejoined the talks, school-children demonstrated their support outside the People's Palace. Inside, the one positive development to emerge from five days of debate was about to be made public. Uniting in their opposition to Egyptian peace moves, all factions of the previously - fragmented PLO issued a joint statement, which effectively puts the organisation back into the hard-line position it adopted in Khartoum 10 years ago.

    Colonel Gaddafi, with the extremist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader George Habash and Yasser Arafat, demonstrated their new-found unity, which was expounded at a news conference.

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