Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- African countries must unite to tackle armed conflicts instigated by foreign powers still nostalgic for the colonial past, Libyan leader, Col.
Moammar Kadhafi warned here Thursday.
In a lengthy closing address at the two-day 7th summit of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD) that ended Thursday in Ouagadougou, Kadhafi flayed European countries for being the instigators of the conflicts tearing apart most of African countries.
"In their desire to divide Africa, they separated peoples, ethnic groups, and after African countries became independent, they took advantage of the disputes caused by those divisions to create ethnic conflicts aimed at weakening us," he indicated.
Describing the crisis in Sudan's western province of Darfur as the perfect example of former colonisers' desire to come back to Africa by all means, Kadhafi warned that Africa has changed and Africans would no longer allow foreigners to give them lessons Besides, Kadhafi said he opposes the restriction on presidential terms arguing that a president is chosen by his people.
"If people finds that the leader they have chosen meets their expectations and needs, it is out of question to go back to a Constitution that limits the presidential terms to two, and denies him to stand for another term," he indicated.
"This is unjust and prevents people to keep a leader they want.
This is not democratic at all," he added, calling on countries to respect peoples' will and dreams.
That led Kadhafi to suggest that military coups d'etat in Africa have been replaced by civilian coups, because, as he put it, elections have not solved the problems of the continent.
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Kadhafi said that the statistics on the disease in Africa are false, cautioning Africans against those figures.
"Who entered the forest, who went out there to count people and state that Africa has the greatest number of AIDS patients?" he asked.
He insisted that those surveys are aimed at depicting Africa as a continent bedevilled by disasters, diseases, and a continent unable to come to terms with itself.
Kadhafi who insisted that Africa has no lessons to receive from anybody, reiterated the need for African unity in order to suppress any vague desires of the West to come back and dominate the continent.