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Gaddafi: No ignorance of EU plan on Mediterranean Union
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09:15, March 20, 2008

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi criticized the latest EU Summit for ignoring African countries' requests about the Mediterranean Union program, according to a statement delivered by the Libyan Embassy in Vienna on Wednesday.

Gaddafi said that the Mediterranean Union itself was an "exciting" proposal, however, the discussing of this program could not only consult on the opinions of several European countries.

He therefore pointed out that the formulation of the Mediterranean Union program must "make a clear distinction" with the method of the old imperialism.

However, "what we have seen and heard now could give us only one impression, that one side proposes a draft and the other side must accept," he said.

He noted that the "Mediterranean Union" should only accept "European countries along the Mediterranean and those Mediterranean African countries."

Meanwhile, he also emphasized the obvious ignorance of the EU Summit on the wills and voices of "the south" (developing countries).

The initial Mediterranean Union program was proposed by the France President Nicolas Sarkozy. He conceived of a union of European countries and northern African countries, in order to play an active role in the region.

Source:Xinhua



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