Libyan Leader Says Africa Must Unite Or Perish

TRIPOLI- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan leader, Col.
Moammar Kadhafi, has said that Africa would not survive the new millennium unless it formed a continental union to face the rest of the world.
Opening the OAU council of ministers meeting in Tripoli Monday night, he said African leaders had already set the ground-work for such an entity but political will was needed to implement it.
He cited the Abuja treaty, regional and bilateral agreements existing between African states but which had not been fully implemented for one reason or another.
He said if all these agreements had been implemented, Africa would have been united by now.
"What we really want is a new force which will bring to life these agreements," Kadhafi told the ministers who are preparing for a two-day summit of African leaders starting Wednesday to review the 36-year-old OAU charter.
Paying tribute to the late Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah, he said from the "very beginning, I was convinced that we should have unity without which Africa cannot survive.
" He explained that his vision of the union would encompass all fields and not just the economic aspects of it.
"We think it should be something more comprehensive.
After all, Europe is uniting before our eyes," he pointed out.
"What we wish to do is to agree on something and have guidelines for a united states of Africa.
We are very much in favour of this.
" The Libyan leader spoke for 30 minutes in such a calm and soft voice, yet spontaneous enough to leave no one in doubt about his commitment to Africa's unity.
"We would like to carry out this exercise (the review of the OAU charter) because we will be able to defend our continent, and we would like to do this in unanimity of all African leaders," Kadhafi, wearing a traditional garb, said passionately.

07 september 1999 09:29:00




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