Annan praises Kadhafi for peace efforts in Africa

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan has commended Libyan leader, Col.
Moammar Kadhafi for his sustained efforts to achieve and build peace and stability throughout Africa and the world.
Quoting a telephone conversation on Monday night, the Libyan News Agency JANA said Annan urged Kadhafi to work with the African Union to cooperate with the UN in a joint action for a peaceful solution to the Darfur crisis (western Sudan).
Annan, JANA added, said that he counted on Kadhafi's credibility within the African Union, as well as his role as peace broker within the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD).
Kadhafi said on Saturday at the CEN-SAD summit in Bamako that the war raging in Darfur for a few months was only "small quarrels of over pastures between the different tribes in the region.
" He added that there was no problem, because people in the area are all Muslims.
Besides, if there are problems, tribal leaders have to settle them.
" Hence, he criticised the "great powers," which "seek to take advantage of all the crises that break out on the African continent.
" Kadhafi added that it was incumbent on Sudanese people to settle their own problems by themselves.

18 may 2004 22:54:00

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