Kadhafi: Ouagadougou 'City Of Liberators'

Published July 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, on the second day of a visit to Burkina Faso, Wednesday called the capital Ouagadougou a "city of liberators" after the OAU decided in June 1998 to lift the embargo on his country. 

"You deserve to be called liberators, and the country of liberation," Kadhafi told a crowd of nearly 30,000 assembled in the city's largest stadium, describing the embargo as "oppression of the little people." 

"We are not against the force of law, we are against the law of force," he added. 

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore praised "revolutionary Libya, fighting for the major interest of Africa." 

Kadhafi made a plea for his idea of African unity, declaring: "If you want happiness and strength, unite." 

He asked: "Why couldn't the standard of living of Blaise Compaore's daughter become the same as that of Bill Clinton's daughter?" 

The Libyan leader, who arrived by road on Tuesday from Niger, was to head Thursday to the border with Benin and the hunting station of Yeryanga, 290 kilometers (180 miles) south east of Ouagadougou. 

After his 72-hour visit to Burkina Faso he will go on to Benin. He will then take part in a summit of the Organization of African Unity in Lome, Togo from July 10 to 12 -- OUAGADOUGOU (AFP) 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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