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AU tasks 5 leaders with Libya mediation

2011-03-12 16:00

Addis Ababa - The African Union said on Saturday that the presidents of South Africa, Mauritania, Congo, Mali and Uganda had been asked to form a high-level committee to help resolve the conflict in Libya.

The committee would look "to engage with all parties in Libya, facilitate an inclusive dialogue among them, and engage AU partners, as part of the overall efforts, for the speedy resolution of the crisis in Libya", said a statement issued from the bloc's headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The five presidents who will sit on the committee are South Africa's Jacob Zuma, Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso, Amadou Toumani Toure from Mali, Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz from Mauritania.

They will be joined on the committee by Jean Ping, president of the AU Commission.

"Consultations are underway for the Committee to urgently begin its work," said the statement.

The decision to create the committee was taken at a meeting of the AU's peace and Security Council in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has worked hard and used his country's oil wealth to cultivate alliances within Africa and has been the prime proponent of forging a so-called United States of Africa.

While there have been widespread calls for Gaddafi to quit from the West, the reaction in Africa has been much more muted.

South Africa's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday that Pretoria would not call on Gaddafi to step down as it subscribes to the international principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries" although it did call for an immediate halt to the killing of civilians.

Comments
  • wesleywt - 2011-03-12 16:49

    I suppose this is the "African Solution" talking Gadaffi to death. The AU is such a waste of space.

  • exocist - 2011-03-12 17:02

    WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE GADAFFI CROAKS

  • POLLENYS - 2011-03-12 17:03

    Most of the five countries can't even help themselves. Africa remains a joke - a bad one.

  • Grant - 2011-03-12 17:07

    Zuma and Gadaffi are big mates - I see this as a conflict of interest, arbitrators should be neutral! I don't know the relationship of any of the others with Gadaffi but seriously doubt any of them could be described as neutral. Gadaffi has spread a lot of oil money all over Africa. When considering the levels of internal strife that the DRC and Uganda have/are experiencing, how does this qualify their presidents to sort out Libya when they can't resolve conflicts in their own countries.

  • Francois - 2011-03-12 17:51

    I think the AU is racialistic in its view, there are no white people from Africa or women from Africa appointed to help in the crisis. Now the AU is going to say that only heads of state may help, then I will ask what was Racist Mbeki doing in the Ivory Coast and the Sudan. What about you get someone like FW de Klerk, also a former head of state to be involved. Maybe with Zim? Then he can talk to Old Habits in Zim. Then Zuma, please don't impregnate any Libyan women - may the Third Wors be with you.

      Nigel Pandehuni - 2011-03-12 21:40

      I am sure you are not awre of the racial composition of Africa and may you try and establish how the AU of which Libya is a member is constituted. DO you think whites are the solution to African problems, my foot

      slg - 2011-03-12 22:53

      @Nigel You're a racist

      Francois - 2011-03-13 21:03

      Hey Nigel, thank you for informing me - as far as I have it at least half of the people in Africa are women or do you reproduce with another man, Nigel, and did your father?

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-12 20:21

    Essop Pahad will make an excellent decisive candidate. w w w.youtube.com/watch?v=pFj0HdW2iDs

  • Nigel Pandehuni - 2011-03-12 21:37

    Who said we as Africans need Western Meddling leave Africa alone you devils, you have killed and maimed in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places and you want to do the same here? We do not need military aid no thank you and shame on France to say they recognize rebels as legitimate representatives of the people of Libya, what hypocrisy is that. We can neve support people who start a civile war, and why did the West take off sanctions from Libya and start trade with it if Gadaffi was such a nuisance. West are the worst people to deal with

      slg - 2011-03-12 22:59

      You are totally out of touch with the truth in this matter. This is about the democratization of the Middle East, a region that has been stuck in tyrony, despotism, and chauvinism for too long. The waves of change will continue. Hopefully they will reach lower down in Africa too, where the same corruption and distortion of human grace exists.

  • slg - 2011-03-12 22:52

    You suck. Wake up and grow up. Gadhafi is not interested in talking. He's told everyone that. And he's an illegitimate leader so there's no issue of sovereignty here. Geez, what a bunch of palookas.

      slg - 2011-03-12 23:02

      The only good that can come of this is if these people act as brokers to get Gadhafi and his 9 children out of Libya. The no-fly zone should be coming soon, thankfully.

  • za101 - 2011-03-13 22:21

    and south africas deputy foreign minsiter is a muslim. how can he let gadaffi do this to his people

  • Willie - 2011-03-16 08:33

    I understand the necessity of resolving the conflict in Libya, but the AU and Zuma must practice what they preach - in a recent article Zuma was quoted "The massive protests happened because people were tired of autocratic governments which had been there for a long time." "There has been much speculation about the cause of the protests. The answer is simply people want to participate in the affairs of their own countries. They want governments that represent their aspirations." 1. Then Ghaddafi and his sons must go - not negotiable 2. No persecution of rebels, but give them a voice to represent the masses Zuma also must think carefully if the ANC really represents the aspirations of the people lately - why are there so many matriculants and qualified people without work? Do they believe that not addressing this problem of unemployment, would save them from a similar fate? DO something, guys - maybe its time to bring a volunteer Defence Force to contribute to peace in Africa and bring some dignity to these young people who are desperately looking for some decent future. Or create a civil construction workforce that will rebuild this country's roads and railways in conjunction with private enterprise?

  • Willie - 2011-03-16 08:40

    I understand the necessity of resolving the conflict in Libya, but the AU and Zuma must practice what they preach - in a recent article Zuma was quoted "The massive protests happened because people were tired of autocratic governments which had been there for a long time." "There has been much speculation about the cause of the protests. The answer is simply people want to participate in the affairs of their own countries. They want governments that represent their aspirations." 1. Then Ghaddafi and his sons must go - not negotiable 2. No persecution of rebels, but give them a voice to represent the masses Zuma also must think carefully if the ANC really represents the aspirations of the people lately - why are there so many matriculants and qualified people without work? Do they believe that not addressing this problem of unemployment, would save them from a similar fate? DO something, guys - maybe its time to bring a volunteer Defence Force to contribute to peace in Africa and bring some dignity to these young people who are desperately looking for some decent future. Or create a civil construction workforce that will rebuild this country's roads and railways in conjunction with private enterprise?

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