Tutu asks Obama to use clout

2009-02-02 00:00

Cape Town — Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu yesterday called on U.S. president Barak Obama to use his powerful leadership to come down hard on African dictators.

Addressing a conference of international army chaplains, Tutu said the world is waiting for Obama to use his clout in areas such as Iraq, the Middle East and Africa.

Tutu also made a strong call on Obama to apologise to the people of Iraq for invading their country. He said Obama should also focus on climate change and take seriously the ratification of the International Tribunal Court.

“He can really come down on dictators, especially in Africa. They can’t say to him you are a neo-colonialist,” Tutu said.

“He can tell them, I am half African and I want to see you succeed, and you can’t if you are not accountable. He should really come down hard on them. They have disgraced us. The things that are happening in Zimbabwe are abominable - and our leaders took so long.”

Tutu was responding to a question on what advice he has for Obama as the newly sworn in president of the U.S.

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