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  • Linda Greene
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2011

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      Date: August 31, 2011 9:48:08 PM EDT
      Subject: Libyan bombing illegal says concerned group
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      Libyan bombing illegal says concerned group

      More than 200 African intellectuals say Nato's bombing of
      Libya is part of a re-colonisation of the continent


      Published: 2011/08/24 03:01:25 PM

      A group of concerned African leaders have issued a
      statement warning about Africa being re-colonised as Nato
      continues its support of the Libyan rebels.

      Speaking to media in Johannesburg today, leaders released
      a letter lamenting "misuse of the United Nations Security
      Council to engage in militarised diplomacy to effect
      regime change in Libya" and the "marginalisation of the
      African Union".

      University of Johannesburg head of the politics department
      Professor Chris Landsberg spoke for the group saying Nato
      has violated international law.

      "Nato has empowered itself openly to pursue the objective
      of regime change and therefore the use of force and all
      other means to overthrow the government of Libya, which
      objectives are completely at variance with the decisions
      of the UN Security Council," Landsberg said.

      The letter was signed by more than 200 prominent Africans,
      including former African National Congress president Thabo
      Mbeki , Prof Shadrack Gutto of the University of SA,
      former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, Prof Chris
      Landsberg the head of the Department of Politics at the
      University of Johannesburg, Prof Mahmood Mamdani from the
      University of Columbia, former deputy minister of Foreign
      Affairs Aziz Pahad , author and poet Dr Wally Serote and
      many other influential Africans.

      Serote says the African Union (AU) Road Map remains the
      only way to peace for the people of Libya.

      "The AU stand for peace, democracy and freedom of all
      people. This is the role that the AU still wants to play
      whether you talk about the Ivory Coast, whether you talk
      about Sudan, whether you want to talk about Libya or
      whichever of the African country on the continent, the AU
      stand for that. It has a plan to put in place," Serote

      Its not clear if the AU leadership approached Libyan
      rebels or the government for their points of view before
      making the statement.

      Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule has been
      teetering on the brink of collapse after months of Nato
      airstrikes causing most of his forces to flee as rebel
      forces took control of the capital and the dramatic rebel
      takeover of his Bab al-Azizya compound yesterday.

      Gaddafi himself has remained elusive. He was last seen two
      months ago.

      Libyan rebel fighters celebrated at Green Square, renamed
      Martyrs Square by rebels, in Tripoli yesterday. REUTERS


       VIDEO: "Concerned Africans" release re-colonization
      statement in Johannesburg


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