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AU chief denounces tragic interventions by foreign armies in Africa

Monday, January 30, 2012

Laaska News Jan 30, 2012

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — Outgoing African Union (AU) President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is also the president of Equatorial Guinea, on Sunday denounced the “tragic military interventions by foreign armies in Africa.”

He blasted the interventions at the AU’s 18th ordinary summit opened on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The president made a similar speech at the precious AU summit held in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, in late June 2011.

The pan-African bloc under the Equatorial Guinea president saw “the time when there was great turbulence in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.”

He regretted that the AU did not find a pleasing solution to these conflicts due to the differences between member states.

The differences “led to the tragic intervention of foreign armies and this had painful consequences for the African population,” he told the summit.

“This continental organization is still being manipulated by foreign powers,” Obiang said, warning that intervention by foreign powers is only meant to “eliminate Africans and destroy the security as well as the social infrastructure.”

A country’s democratization process, he said, can only develop gradually, without any manipulation and in respect for the cultural values of that country.

He appealed to African countries to try and resolve their own problems without waiting for the intervention of others who intervene by force and do whatever they want.

“Africa is in need of a sincere cooperation which offers benefits to all concerned parties and not a cooperation that imposes unpopular conditions to our states,” he said.

Meanwhile, the president hailed the African-Sino cooperation and a new AU conference center built by China and inaugurated on Saturday in Addis Ababa, in replacement of the old AU center built over four decades ago.

(Xinhua)
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