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AU says West sidelining Libya peace

2011-04-26 22:28

Addis Ababa - The African Union on Tuesday accused Western nations of undermining its efforts to find a homegrown solution to the Libya conflict and said the civil war was in danger of becoming a stalemate.

Libya's foreign minister Abdelati Obeidi and representatives for the rebels have been meeting separately with AU officials in the Ethiopian capital since Monday to discuss an end to the war in the north African nation.

"I would like to point out that the pursuit of other agendas in Libya, by non-African actors, has had an impact on the implementation of the AU roadmap," Ramtane Lamamra, AU's Commissioner for Peace and Security, told AU foreign ministers.

"Attempts have been made to marginalise an African solution to the crisis, specifically the timely implementation of the AU roadmap in a way that is fully consistent with and complementary to UN Security Council resolutions," he said in an open session.

The war has split the oil producer, Africa's fourth biggest, into a government-held western area round the capital Tripoli and an eastern region held by ragged but dedicated rebels.

The AU has rejected any form of outside intervention and proposed a solution that calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities followed by a transitional period and political dialogue.

The rebels rejected the plan earlier this month, saying any settlement must include the departure of Muammar Gaddafi and his sons. The Libyan leader has vowed to fight to the death.

Paying fees

Gaddafi is one of the AU's most influential members, both ideologically and financially.

As chair of the bloc in 2009, he pushed for closer integration of member states, and he has been paying membership fees for several small countries who subscribe to the group.

"The imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya and aerial bombardment by the coalition, and now by Nato, have not brought a solution to the crisis," Lamamra said.

"In fact, the military situation on the ground seems to be sliding into a stalemate."

The AU does not have a good track record in brokering peace deals, having failed recently to end conflicts or disputes in Somalia, Madagascar and Ivory Coast.

Comments
  • Marco Machado - 2011-04-26 23:05

    Yes, the AU have done wonders in Zimbabwe and Swaziland. The AU's policy is 'do absolutely nothing, but give it a fancy title' then conplain when the rest of the world decides to ignore the impotent idiots...

      Dal68 - 2011-04-26 23:15

      hahahaha, so true, so true - useless buggers these AU clowns....

      Gatvol - 2011-04-27 04:35

      What happened to Zuma's famous "roadmap to peace"??

      Francois - 2011-04-27 10:40

      The roadmap to peace in Zim is still in place, Bob is above the law and they are waiting for him to die. The roadmap to peace in the Ivory Coast took some time, because Zuma did not know how the vote was counted. The roadmap in Southern Sudan is on the same route as Zim, because they have the biggest Racist in Africa in charge of it (Racist Mbeki). Zuma did not speak to the rebel leaders in Libya, he was showering. Thus everythins if fine in Africa - to the West, please stop ALL aid to Africa with immediate effect, starting with Namibia, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and then SA. We don't need your help - is it clear?

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-04-26 23:31

    Wasn't the last brilliant AU proposal a bad joke that was rejected out of hand by the revolutionaries? Who exactly do they think they are kidding here? The AU is trying to save Qaddafi's sorry ass because the fat cats all owe him money and favours. They are willing to sell out the lives of the rebels and the civilians, forget about the murders that Qaddafi is responsible for just so they can say: see? We brought peace to Libya. Even if it is only the peace of the grave, it's still peace... Useless bastards.

      Marcell - 2011-04-27 03:38

      It is quite interesstimng that name calling starts when the truth hurts. Must be part of the African culture.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-04-27 07:41

      @Barr. Fazal KUILA An few things here: 1) Learn English if you wish to interact on an English speaking news site. 2) I think you should pray for your own soul. Any half decent god would fry your sorry ass for praying to him/her to harm another human being. 3) You are obviously one of Qaddafi's boys trolling around. Worried you will lose your job and your status? It's gonna happen you know. You and your dictatorial kind are going the way of the dinosaurs. Oh and if all westerners can go to hell then why is you master Qaddafi begging on his knees to Greece to arrange a seize fire? They have you on the ropes and you know it. Now crawl into that hole you dug for yourself and wait for the Libyan people to drag your sorry ass out to let you stand trial for your crimes.

      slg - 2011-04-27 08:09

      Barr, thankfully you and your jingoistic brothers (not sisters because you stone them if they step out of the line you draw for them) are less relevant today. Notice the wonderful waves of energy sweeping through the Middle East that contradicts everything you're saying. Yahoo! Your day is done.

  • IVV - 2011-04-27 13:40

    Dear AU! How about actually doing something instead of just wasting your member states tax money by staging yet another "Palaver Forum"?

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