U.S. asks Egypt's help in finding man

December 19, 1993|By New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton has asked Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for help in finding a prominent Libyan opposition leader who disappeared in Cairo about a week ago, administration officials said yesterday.

Mr. Clinton made the personal appeal in a letter delivered Tuesday by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the officials said.

In the letter, he asked Mr. Mubarak to do whatever he could to find Mansour Kikhiya, 62, a U.S. resident and human rights campaigner who was last seen Dec. 10 at his a hotel in Cairo, where he was attending a conference of the Arab Organization of Human Rights. Mr. Kikhiya is a founder and board member of the rights organization.

Administration experts on terrorism said they suspected Mr. Kikhiya was kidnapped at the order of Libyan President Col. Moammar el Kadafi, and that they feared that he might have been taken secretly to Libya.

The administration is hoping that Mr. Mubarak will pressure Colonel Kadafi to resolve the matter, officials said.

Kikhiya, who served as Libya's foreign minister in the early 1970s, is a diabetic who needs regular injections of insulin. His clothes and insulin were found in his hotel room in Cairo.

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