Libyan leader suggests basing new African Union in his country
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has suggested that the headquarters of the new African Union (AU) be in his country, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa announced Saturday.
Mwanawasa, the outgoing chairman of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) told journalists that he was invited by Kadhafi to Libya where he was shown a newly built village ear-marked for the new body's head office.
"Libya has offered its facilities if we decide to move from Ethiopia" where the OAU secretariat is currently based, Mwanawasa said. Mwanawasa added that the heads of state summit scheduled to meet in South Africa next week would make a decision on the site of the secretariat, according to AFP.
The summit in South Africa is expected to transform the OAU into the AU, which is loosely modeled on the European Union (EU). It is the brainchild of Libya’s President Moamer Kadhafi. (Albawaba.com)
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