Tripoli JANA in Arabic 0838 GMT 1 Oct 98

Surt, 1 Oct -- The brother leader of the revolution [Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhdhafi] has saluted the honorable heroic brother African leaders who have implemented the courageous African [Organization of African Unity, OAU] decision not to abide by the unjust measures imposed on the Great Jamahiriyah.

In a speech delivered at a meeting to mark Loyalty Day [on 30 September], held at the Great Halls complex in the front-line fortress town of Surt to honor Africa, the brother leader of the revolution said that there are two reasons for devoting this year's Loyalty Day to honoring Africa: the first is the historic stance and the courageous
decision made by African leaders in Ouagadougou in favor of the Libyan people, and the second is Libya's discovery of its identity and its roots,
and its decision to assume a leading role in its African continent. In his speech, the brother leader of the revolution said: