Failed Summit

No quorum for Gaddafi

Libyan Strongman Muammar Gaddafi has been accused of many things, but lack of gall is not one of them. In August, he grandly convoked the 19th annual summit meeting of the Organization of African Unity in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. For Gaddafi it was to be a major event: according to a decision made at the 1981 summit in Nairobi, the Tripoli gathering would confirm his installation as O.A.U. chairman for one year. But Gaddafi alienated a number of moderate African states by helping to engineer the recognition of the Polisario guerrilla movement, which opposes Morocco's 1976...

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