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Libya says it's quitting Arab League
From the International Desk
Published 10/24/2002 3:08 PM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Libya Thursday informed the Arab League it intends to quit the 22-nation body, a high-ranking source at Libya's Ministry of African Unity said.
The ministry source did not give the reasons for President Moammar Gadhafi's decision to pull his oil-rich country out, but last March he launched a scathing attack on Arab governments and called on Libya's Council, or parliament, to take the country out of the league, which he called a masquerade.
It was Gadhafi's reaction to a peace plan put forward by Saudi Arabia and unanimously approved by the league to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Gadhafi told parliament last month the failure of Arab leaders to confront the Israeli crackdown on the Palestinian uprising made him feel ashamed to be an Arab.
In Cairo, Arab League spokesman Hisham Yusif said the organization had not been officially notified of Libya's intent, the third time it has said it would quit the league since joining it in 1953.
The league was set up in 1945 to bring Arab countries together. It requires member states to give one year's notice of their intention to leave.
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Musa, who visited Tripoli earlier this month, asked Gadhafi to postpone his decision to leave the body, Yusif said.
Gadhafi criticized Arab indifference to his numerous attempts to form a united Arab bloc ever since he acceded to power in a coup d'etat in 1969 that overthrew the Senusi monarchy.
Gadhafi was also bitter over what he called Arab laxity and failure to stand up for their causes and confront humiliation at the hands of their enemies.
On Oct. 13, Libyan demonstrators burned effigies of Arab leaders at a mass demonstration in Tripoli to protest what were seen as the repeated humiliations suffered by the Arabs at the hands of Israel and the United States.
Analysts saw Gadhafi as having switched his attention to Africa after his repeated failures to establish a leading role in Arab affairs. He was enraged by the failure of Arab governments to support Libya when it was under international sanctions for its suspected role in the bombing of a Pan Am airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988.
But Libya was supported by African nations that broke an air embargo by sending their civilian planes to Tripoli. In recent years, Gadhafi has sought to attain a position as leader of the African states.