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Gaddafi calls for borderless Africa

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  • pbs@iafrica.com
    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [All the Communists and Terrorists and assorted rubbish want Africa to be United - no doubt so that it can stand against the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 4, 2005
      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [All the Communists and Terrorists and assorted rubbish want Africa to be
      United - no doubt so that it can stand against the Western world. I
      wouldn't worry too much about the feeble African Union. Nevertheless, it
      is interesting to see them going about this. Africa is becoming poorer
      and less significant all the time anyway. Gadaffi doesn't mean much
      though. He needs something to do to pass the time since he isn't
      currently carrying out acts of terror against the USA - so he's engaging
      in fantasies such as believing he can become the President of Africa! How
      funny! Jan]

      SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi underlined his
      maverick reputation Monday by telling African leaders their people's woes
      would be solved by creating a borderless continent with a single

      Asking for foreign aid would lead to humiliating failure, he said.

      "Begging will not make the future of Africa, (instead) it creates a
      greater gap between the great ones and the small ones," he told the
      opening session of a summit of the 53-nation African Union (AU) in his
      home town Sirte.

      The veteran leader's vision has had little impact on the agenda of the
      AU, due to adopt a broadly favorable stance on a British-backed drive for
      more help for Africa to be presented to this week's Group of Eight

      But few delegates in Sirte were prepared to offer public criticism of
      Gaddafi or his ambitions.

      Gaddafi has since 1999 pushed for the creation of a United States of
      Africa, complete with its own parliament and institutions. He says his
      plan does not necessarily mean a country's sovereignty will be

      Banners at the summit read "The United States of Africa is the hope" and
      "Enough plundering of African resources."

      Not wanting to offend Gaddafi, whose oil wealth and aggressive diplomacy
      have won him friends around the continent, African leaders praised the
      ideas and agreed to review them.

      In power since a 1969 coup, Gaddafi says African nations must unite to
      survive in an increasingly globalized world.

      The ideas sound seductive to many ordinary Africans who admire his
      anti-Western opinions and pride in the continent.

      "We are one single nation ... we need to a unique African common market
      that is competitive," said Gaddafi, dressed in a purple traditional robe
      and hat.

      "Fifty percent of gold in the world is in Africa, 95 percent of diamonds
      are in Africa and 95 percent of platinum is found in Africa ... it's a
      very rich continent, but it is not exploited (by Africans)," he said.


      Gaddafi made African unity a rallying call after failing to get fellow
      Arab leaders to support his campaign for a united Arab nation.

      Critics of Gaddafi question his motives, describing the Union as a pitch
      for power in the continent. Others question the practicalities.

      "His views are not in line with the rest of Africa on a number of
      issues," said Sue Mbaya, director of the Pretoria-based Southern African
      Regional Poverty Network.

      An African diplomat, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "Gaddafi is a
      maverick and will remain a maverick."

      Few at the summit were prepared to comment on a passage in his speech on

      Gaddafi told the leaders of a continent where 2 million people die of
      AIDS every year that the pandemic was not a problem, according to an
      official translation. He instead attacked drugs firms for making money
      off AIDS.

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