D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy returned from his trip to the Organization of African Unity summit meeting in Tripoli, Libya, Friday and issued a statement saying he did not attend the meeting as a guest of the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Qaddafi, but at the invitation of the OAU.
On Thursday a spokesman for the OAU mission in New York said the mission sent the invitation after the host nation, Libya, approved a guest list for the meeting. That list included Fauntroy in his capacity as head of the Congressional Black Caucus, the mission spokesman said. The invitation was signed by Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi, outgoing president of the OAU.
The OAU meeting shifts sites among its 51 member nations every year. This year Qaddafi, as leader of the host nation, is scheduled to become president of the OAU. The annual meeting has not been able to convene formally, however, because protests over the admission of the representatives of a Saharan guerrilla movement have resulted in lack of a quorum of its member nations.
Earlier in the week aides in Fauntroy's office said they did not know how the costs of the Libyan trip were paid.
In his statement Friday Fauntroy said he paid for the trip personally and did not meet with Qaddafi while he was in Libya.