South News June 6

OAU supports Kabila

African leaders ended their 33rd summit in Harare on Wednesday declared their total support for the new government of President Laurent Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo that took over power in the former Zaire, and appealed to the international community to assist his country whose mineral-rich economy was brought to its knees during President Mobutu Sese Seko's 32-year rule.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who assumed the chairmanship of the 53-member Organization of African Unity at its 33rd summit said the new Congo needs help urgently if it is to address the enormous challenges facing it.

Laurent Kabila, leader of Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (Zaire), forced dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to flee into exile last month after he had plundered the wealth of the mineral rich central African state for 32 years.

The Secretary-General of the Pan African Movement (PAM), Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem said there is a possibility Swiss banks have deliberately under-estimated the value of ousted Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko's assets in order to protect the West. Abdul-Raheem told guests at a public lecture here on Thursday night that previous estimates traced by an independent journalist exceeded 4.8 billion Swiss francs (3 billion U.S. dollars) worth of assets held by Mobutu.

However, Democratic Republic of Congo President Laurent-Desire Kabila has said Mobutu has 11 billion Swiss francs or one billion dollars in foreign banks. The amount exceeds the country's gross domestic product. Meanwhile, Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem has said there is need for Africans to build their own democratic institutions instead of relying on the West.

Do not take lessons from these Westerners who act like they were born democratic, he said at the lecture. Democracy is a process that takes time to develop, so Africa has to go through its own stages based on its own experiences.

The last summit in the sub-region was in Zambia in 1972. Then Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe were still under colonial rule.
Source: PANA 


OAU urges UN to lift sanctions aganst Libya

African leaders have again called on the United Nations to lift the sanctions it imposed on Libya, who ended their three-day summit in Harare Wednesday, said in a declaration.

They proposed three options for resolving the conflict between Libya, the United States and Britain: hold the trial of the two suspects in a third and neutral country to be determined by the U.N. Security Council, have the two tried by Scottish judges at the International Court of Justice, in accordance with Scottish laws, and establish a special tribunal at the International Court to try the two men.

Leaders called on the Security Council to accept one of the options thereby facilitating the speedy resolution of the crisis.The leaders noted that the sanctions had brought a lot of suffering to the people of Libya. We wish to emphasize that these obnoxious sanctions affect not only the Libyan people but also the neighbouring countries as well as African workers from other countries of the continent, they said.
Source: PANA


Arab League demands Turkey withdraw from Iraq

  The Arab League secretariat on Monday,  June 2 condemned Turkey's military operations in    northern Iraq and demanded Turkish forces withdraw immediately.

 Iraq says it has complained to the U.N. Security Council about the Turkish
 attacks but its pleas have gone unanswered. The secretariat of the Cairo-based league said in a statement:

 Source:Reuter