President Muammar Gaddafi of the Libyan Jamahiriyah has warned Western states, particularly France, against intervening in Africa's internal affairs.
President Muammar Gaddafi of the Libyan Jamahiriyah has warned Western states, particularly France, against intervening in Africa's internal affairs. He was speaking at a dinner in Niamey, the capital of Niger, on Monday (23 January) given in his honour by President Seyni Kountche. "These interventions must be fought against", he declared.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Gaddafi had flown into Niamey the previous day at the start of an official visit. President Kountche and secretary general of the Organisation of African Unity, Mr. Eteki M'Boumoua, were present at the airport to greet him.
Part of the welcoming ceremony was a special drink made from millet-grass.
The drink replaced the more usual presentation of a bouquet.
This was followed by the playing of the two countries' national anthems.
Colonel Gaddafi told his hosts that European intervention in the Horn of Africa, where Somali forces are fighting the Ethiopian government, could "only complicate the problem of security in Africa". Last year, the French government provided planes to fly Moroccan troops to help Zaire beat back an invasion of its Shaba province. And last month, France said its warplanes had twice attacked the Polisario Front guerrilla movement in Mauritania.
Colonel Gaddafi said his country was making the means available to African peoples to fight in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and Namibia. "If Africa does not free herself economically," he said, "independence will always be an illusion."
He later stressed that the Libya Jamahiriyah had obligations throughout Africa.