African Leaders Condemn Violence in East Timor

SIRTE- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders attending the OAU extraordinary summit Thursday urged the United Nations and the international community to take decisive and urgent steps to stop the "current and dramatic situation" in East Timor, following the continuation of violence, killings and destruction of property.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the current OAU chairman,said the situation threatened "to derail the peaceful resolution of the East Timor question and violate the resounding will of the people" for self determination.
The leaders commended the Indonesian government and the people of the East Timor for holding a peaceful referendum, saying they were satisfied with the orderly manner in which the Timorese took part in the referendum.
Meanwhile, the extra-ordinary summit continued its closed door session Thursday in Sirte.
African leaders are discussing, among others, the "Declaration of Sirte" whose goal is to prepare Africa for the challenges of the next millennium.
According to the OAU spokesman, Ibrahim Dagash, the document contains 33 articles related to political, economic, social, scientific and military issues.
He said the declaration's aim is to meet the challenges of globalisation, World Trade Organisation and current technological developments.
It advocates the speedy implementation of the Abuja treaty, the creation of a continental parliament, central bank, monetary fund and high court.

09 september 1999 09:29:00




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