Date: Sat, 15 Nov 97 13:21:18 CST
From: David Muller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: South News Nov 14
Organization: South Movement
Article: 21945 To: BROWNH@CCSUA.CTSTATEU.EDU
A Libyan rally headed to Tunisia to support unity among the Arab peoples and to condemn toughening the sanctions against Libya for its refusal to hand over two Libyan citizens suspected of exploding a Pan American plane over Lockerbie. The demonstrators also expressed anger at the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Libya had confirmed its commitment with continuing work for achieving the comprehensive Arab unity from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arab Gulf as a necessity to encounter the dangers and challenges faced by the Arab nation in its presence and its future.
A celebration was held on the Libyan-Tunisian borders on the occasion of the passage of the Libyan rally to Tunisia, during which a popular meeting was also held in the Ras Gadid region in Libya. The march called on the Arab nation to lay aside all differences and to support efforts for Arab unity, especially at a time characterized by international alliances.
On Monday The African Group of States at the United Nations has
formally requested an open debate in the Security Council on the
dispute between Libya and the United States and the United Kingdom
over the Lockerbie affair. The meeting should take place
United Nations sanctions over the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya next come up
for review and discussion, according to a letter submitted by the
Organization of African Unity (OAU) committee designated to deal with
The Security Council imposed sanctions against Libya for failing to turn over two Libyan nationals suspected of involvement with the 1988 crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland as well as the 1989 crash of a UTA DC-10 over Niger.
In its most recent communication to the Security Council, Libya
requested that the Council lift the sanctions against it. Libya has
also asked that the review of sanctions take account of resolutions
adopted by the OAU, the League of Arab States, the Organization of the
Islamic Conference and the Non-Aligned Movement which request that
sanctions be lifted and that the two suspects be tried in a neutral
country. The Security Council is also requested to send a
representative of the Secretary-General to Libya to evaluate the
impact of the embargo and
to ascertain that there are no links
between Libya and terrorism.