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Libya withdraws from Arab Summit over agenda
Updated: 2004-05-22 22:14

Libya withdrew from an Arab summit in Tunis on Saturday in protest at the agenda and at the Arab League's failure to take up Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's proposal for a single Israeli-Palestinian state.

"Unfortunately Libya is forced to boycott the summit because it does not agree to the agenda of the Arab governments. Libya wants the agenda of the Arab peoples," Gaddafi told a news conference after walking out of the summit.

He said he hoped that Libya's basic people's congresses -- local councils which theoretically decide Libyan policy -- would agree to Libyan withdrawal from the Arab League.

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