Guinea academic supports Kadhafi

Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The recent declarations of Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi of Libya, talking of a "plot" aimed at sabotaging the African federal government pr o ject, "are legitimate and well-founded," a Guinean academic, Raymond Fancinadoun o , professor of constitutional law at the Conakry-based private Kofi Annan Univer s ity, said Sunday.
According to Fancinadouno, the reaction of the Libyan revolutionary leader comes within the logic of the divergences noted during the African Union summit held i n 2007, in Accra, Ghana.
The continental summit of heads of state and government, he highlighted, had cle arly laid bare the existence of two tendencies, namely a group of leaders who se e med to maintain Kadhafi's idea "to create immediately" a continental government a nd that of the proponents of the "gradual establishment" of the bodies expected t o lead to the implementation of the project.
"These cleavages are a true reflection of how divided the African continent is o ver the establishment of the United States of Africa.
It is quite legitimate for Kadhafi to believe that some individuals are hostile to the federal government p r oject," Fancinadouno declared.
According to him, it is obvious that there are in Africa, heads of state who thi nk that the Libyan revolutionary leader wants to impose his leadership on his pe e rs in the continent.
As a result, it is very likely that the latter will try, by all the means at the ir disposal, to block the process, he said.
"This is likely to crystalise divisions in the continent and to further delay th e march towards the United States of Africa," the Guinean academic pointed out, a dding that by threatening to publish the list of those who are plotting against h is project, Kadhafi was running the risk of creating many more problems and thereby contributing to the slowdown of an al ready timid momentum.
African leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea f ormerly mooted the idea of creating the United States of Africa, since the acces s ion of their respective countries in international sovereignty, he recalled, hig h lighting the negative factors that influence the process are largely related to t he lack of political will of the continent's leaders, sometimes because of inter n al contradictions.
"I cannot see how we can resolve at continental level, problems that we have not been able to resolve at national level," he wondered.
The specialist in constitutional law said he shared the opinion of the former ch airperson of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré, who had said ther e was no point in creating institutions if we do not give them the necessary powe r s to fully play their roles.
He appealed to "the common sense" of African leaders so that they become attenti ve to the tragedies some African populations are exposed to, namely in Darfur (S u dan), in Kenya and in Zimbabwe.
According to him, countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Libya are expe cted to play an ever-increasing role in conflict resolution and the search for s o lutions for the well-being of the African people.
"Failing this, it would be illusory to think about seeing the United States of A frica project getting off the ground.

30 june 2008 19:56:00

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