Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Libya: bad host?

Check this out ...

It seems Libya was supposed to host a two-day Arab League environment ministers meeting ... which was to start yesterday. But, according to AFP (quoting an anonymous source), Libya pulled out at the last minute, no explanation. The meeting was instead held at Arab League headquarters in Cairo ... Libya didn't send a delegate either.

If you're as confused as I am about whether Libya is still in the League or not ... then this excerpt should help ... confuse you a bit more.
An Arab diplomat told AFP that Libya's attitude was linked to its decision to no longer take part in Arab ministerial meetings since the beginning of the year.

Libya still maintains a delegate at the Arab League.

In October 2002, Tripoli announced its withdrawal from the Arab League to protest the absence of initiatives to the Iraqi and Palestinian crises, but had decided to suspend its decision after several Arab countries intervened.

In October this year, however, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi called on the Popular Congress, the basic structure of the Libyan political system, to "confirm Libya's withdrawal from the Arab League.

"The Arab League is in the middle of giving up the ghost, and Arabs will never be strong even if they unite ... They will remain content every night to watch bloody newsreels from Palestine and Iraq," he said.
Kadhafi has been turning away from the "Arab world" for a while now ... choosing instead to focus his attentions south, to Africa. See yesterday's post for an example ...