Obasanjo, Deby root for Kadhafi's role in Darfur

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Official calls are continuing for Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi to intervene in the resolution of the crisis in Darfur, western Sudan.
According to the Libyan News Agency (JANA), Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, current chairman of the AU, has informed Col.
Kadhafi of efforts by the Union to settle the crisis in Darfur, including the holding of an African mini-summit in Abuja, Nigeria, on the issue.
Obasanjo has also sent an invitation to Kadhafi to attend the Abuja meeting, expressing the need for the Libyan leader's personal involvement in the peace talks on Darfur, JANA reported.
It said the invitation was contained in a message from Obasanjo handed to Kadhafi Thursday in Syrte, 450 km east of Tripoli, by Nigerian cooperation minister Guba Lawan Gana.
In early August, on his way back from Khartoum, Sudan, Obasanjo made a brief stopover in Libya to extend an official call from the AU for Kadhafi to support its peace efforts, considering the respect he enjoys among conflicting parties and his political and moral stature on the African continent.
Meanwhile, Chadian President Idriss Deby has reiterated his call on the Libyan leader to continue his personal efforts for settlement of the Darfur crisis, asking him to lead the AU's role in quelling the carnage.
Deby's call was contained in a message handed to Kadhafi Thursday in Syrte by Chadian Prime Minister Mahamat Moussa Feki.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir has also renewed his call for Kadhafi to "personally intervene" in finding a lasting solution the internal conflict in Darfur by joining the AU efforts in that regard.
Al-Bashir's call was conveyed in a message to the Libyan leader delivered Wednesday by Sudanese foreign minister Mustapha Osman Ismael.

20 august 2004 12:46:00

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