As a prelude to Wednesday's (5 September) Heads of State meeting, delegates at Monday's (3 September) opening session of the Non-Aligned Nations' Summit Conference in Algiers debated the admission of new members to their organisation.
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SV Brazilian delegation arrives.
SV Niger Foreign Minister arrives.
SV Ugandan Foreign Minister arrives.
SV Ghana delegation.
MV Madam Binh arriving.
MV Algerian Foreign Minister arriving.
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SV Mr. Bouteflika mounting rostrum and shaking hands with Mr. Mudenda
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SV Mr. Bouteflika addressing Conference. (4 shots)
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Background: As a prelude to Wednesday's (5 September) Heads of State meeting, delegates at Monday's (3 September) opening session of the Non-Aligned Nations' Summit Conference in Algiers debated the admission of new members to their organisation.
The sole criterion for membership is non-membership of nay military pact. It was this rule that caused problems over Malto's application for membership.
Malta has an agreement with the British government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to operate military bases on the island. The present agreement expires in 1979. In an aide mgmoiro circulated among delegates on Monday, the Maltese Government Stressed its neutrality and said any renewal of the lease of bases would be strictly for financial reasons.
Malta was eventually granted membership, as were Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Oman, Qatar, and Peru.
SYNOPSIS: Monday was the first day of the fourth Non-Aligned Nation's Summit Conference Meeting in Algiers, Heads of States, Foreign Ministers, and delegates from many third-world countries have come together to make this the largest-ever summit conference.
Monday's meeting was a prelude to Wednesday's Heads of State conference, but there were, nevertheless important items on the agenda. The most important part of Monday's session was the election of new members to the organisation. The only condition of membership is the country must not be a member of any military pact.
This caused problems when Malta applied for membership.
To begin the session Mr. Elijah Mudenda of Zambia, the retiring Chairman made the opening speech. The Algerian Foreign Minster, Mr. Abdul Bouteflika, was then elected as the new Chairman. When he question of Malta's membership was brought up the Maltese government informed the legates if its base agreements with the United Kingdom and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were to be renewed in 1979, it would be strictly for financial reasons. The Maltese government assured the delegates of its neutrality After a long debate, Malta was elected a member of the conference, as were Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Oman, Qatar and Peru.