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Kadhafi urges commission on "United States of Africa" to fulfill mission

Kadhafi urges commission on "United States of Africa" to fulfill mission

Libyan President Moammar Kadhafi participated in the meeting of a "seven- member" commission, which is aimed at taking actions toward implementation of Libya's proposals for formation of the United States of Africa, when he participated in the 7th AU summit that closed here Sunday.
The Libyan proposals cover the creation of ministries of foreign affairs, defense, foreign trade, transport and communication at the continental level.
In addition, Libya is proposing the removal of customs barriers between member states of the AU, the unification of transport and communication means and the launching of an African satellite.
The secretary of the Libyan General People's Committee for External Relations and International Cooperation, Abderraman Chalgham, said in Banjul that Kadhafi alerted participants at the meeting that time was of paramount importance to complete the mission of the commission.
Chalgham said the Libyan leader also emphasized the importance of holding the commission meeting before the AU's next summit slated for next January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in order to define practical points to be implemented.

Gaddafi's 'United States of Africa' rejected
January 22 2003 at 05:50AM
Foreign ministers from across Africa on Tuesday rejected Libya's controversial proposal for a "United States of Africa", saying the vast continent was not ready to merge into one country with a centralised administration.The two-day closed-door ministerial meeting at Sun City in Johannesburg was called to discuss an agenda for an African Union summit, and diplomats said the ministers agreed that the deepening political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe would top the list.A South African foreign ministry spokesperson said there would be no formal briefing at the end of the meeting, which is being chaired by South Africa's Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Instead, Dlamini-Zuma will brief a full AU council of ministers and heads of state and government summit in Ethiopia next month.
The continent could become one big country with one armyThe special summit will be held in Addis Ababa on February 3 and 4. It will be preceded by a ministerial meeting on February 2.During the AU summit in South Africa last year, Libya proposed amendments to the union's Constitutive Act so the continent could become one big country with one army and centralised institutions of government.The proposal, the latest grand-scale scheme put forward by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, never drew much support among the 53-nation union, and ministers on Tuesday delicately said the idea should be dropped.Diplomats said ministers would recommend a periodic review of Libya's proposals, fearing outright rejection of the plan would hurt Gaddafi, whose oil wealth and aggressive diplomacy have won him a number of friends around the continent.On Monday, African countries pushed through the election of Libya as the new chair of the top United Nations human rights body despite objections from Washington about Libya's flawed human rights record.
'The concern is that a political solution be found to Zimbabwe's crisis'At the coming AU summit, diplomats said South Africa, the group's current chair, wanted to discuss peace moves in Burundi - where Pretoria has asked for AU help to finance a peacekeeping force comprising South Africa, Ethiopia and Mozambique.South Africa also wants the summit to review the implementation of a peace deal for the Democratic Republic of Congo. AU reinforcement of a plan to end the Ivory Coast war was also being sought by the ministers, diplomats said.The ministers also spoke about the food shortages in six southern African countries, but took special note of Zimbabwe."The concern is that a political solution be found to Zimbabwe's crisis. Obviously there are differences over how that can be achieved, which is why they could prefer the heads of state to handle the matter," one official said. - Reuters
This article was originally published on page 4 of Cape Times on January 22, 2003


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe we should have a United States of Afrika! I also believe we should have a Republic of New Afrika within the current U.S.A. for the Afrikan Diasporans. Feel free to contact me if you want to stay in touch!


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