The Arab world was divided into two opposing camps on Tuesday (25 November) after five nations and the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) decided to boycott an Arab League summit conference opening that day in Jordan.
SV (Left to right) PLO leader Yasser Arafat, PLO Executive Committee members, Khaled Fahaum, and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad seated. ZOOM INTO Arafat speaking.
SU President al-Assad listening. PAN TO Fahaum, Arafat and other PLO officials PAN TO other side of room where Syrian government representatives are seated.
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Background: The Arab world was divided into two opposing camps on Tuesday (25 November) after five nations and the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) decided to boycott an Arab League summit conference opening that day in Jordan. An alliance of Syria, Algeria, Libya, South Yemen, Lebanon and the PLO is involved. They refused to attend the meeting in Amman after conservative states insisted on holding it on schedule.
SYNOPSIS: PLO leader Yasser Arafat visited Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Sunday (23 November) to discuss the results of a tour he'd made of Arab countries. Mr. Arafat flew to Damascus from kuwait where he said he was seeking Arab support for Algerian President Chadli Benjedid's proposal that the summit be delayed for 15 days. The Arab League conference is expected to adopt a long-term economic policy that would divert Arab investment away from the West to the Middle East. Despite the boycott, the conference will consider a charter aimed at achieving balanced development and national security throughout the Arab world. The main element of this economic charter is a five-year action programme providing for investment of 62 billion dollars (about 26 billion pounds sterling). This would be financed by the allocation of 10 percent of each country's gross national product. Almost a quarter of the money would be spent on food, security and agricultural development in the Arab countries.