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Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday called for Libya's transitional government and its leader to negotiate with deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as a precondition for recognising it.
Mugabe threatened that until the talks with Gaddafi happen, his country and African leaders would not recognise the Transitional National Council (TNC), headed by Mustafa Abdul Jalil.
Mugabe's threat on behalf of fellow African leaders appeared to be out of step with a move last week by the Africa Union, to which Zimbabwe as well as Libya belong.
The African Union (AU) recognised Libya's Transitional National Council as the representative of the Libyan people as they form an all-inclusive transitional government that will occupy the Libyan seat at the African Union.
South Africa, the continent's power house, also individually recognised the TNC.
Last week, the United Nations recognised the TNC as representing Libya, and Abdul Jalil met with United States President Barack Obama and other world leaders.
During months of ongoing protests and harsh reprisals against demonstrators in Libya, South Africa and other African countries had tried in vain to negotiate a peace between Gaddafi and the rebels.
Gaddafi's whereabouts have been unknown since his ousting from power earlier this month.
Mugabe, 87, made his remarks upon his arrival at Harare International Airport from his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly. In his speech in New York, he charged that Nato had “invaded” Libya to benefit from the country's oil.
“As far as we are concerned, the African position is that the (TNC) can only have a seat in the AU if the summit of the AU recognises that in fact they are in control,” Mugabe told reporters.
“We will not go as far as European and Nato countries to recognise them as the absolute authority as we still want negotiations between the (TNC) and the Gaddafi loyalists,” Mugabe said.
Last month, Harare expelled Libyan ambassador to Zimbabwe Taher Elmagrahi and his entire staff after he openly supported the transitional council. - Sapa-dpa
What is Bob smoking ?
Whats to talk about? They tried talking to him and he just murdered his people ad nauseum. Gadaffi's time is over. Anyway, how can they talk to him when he is nowhere to be found. In any case, we all know what Bob's discussions with the opposition lead to - fraud and corruption and ignoring deals signed between them. And the SA Government has already recognised the TNC, so who cares what Bob has to say, in any case?
Oh nooooo! Zimbabwe doesn't recognize us!!!
@ Anonymous 10.34 am. I agree with you. Why should the West get involved in the internal troubles of Africa? Why can't Africans sort out their own problems and leave the west alone? Why cant Africa elect democratic governments and get rid of Corrupt despots like Gaddafi, Mugabe, Bashir, De Santos without the west continually being asked for help? The West is tired of having to spend its tax money on donar aid, food relief, military intervention, humantarian programs etc. For the West It's damned if you do and damned if you dont. When the US sent in troops to Somalia to protect the humanitarian relief effort from being plundered by Somali bandits they were seen as an invading force so they left.(there are no oil interests in Somalia Somalia is a failed state with nothing to offer the world) When The UK sorted out the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone it was accused of being colonialist. When the instigator of that war Charles taylor from Liberia was put on trial in the Hague Africans like you accused the West of meddling in Africa's affairs. When the West looks at Africa it sees a whole lot of banana republics with corrupt governments taking advantage of a population incapable of standing up to exploitation and wishes it did not have to get involved. I think the west should put democratic and humanitarian principles aside and deal with Africa like the Chinese do, get what you can and to hell with its troubles. The West should stop feeling guilty for Africas mess.
Abiodun , wrote
Mugabe must be living in the past. He is a man of yesteryears. He is actually the next African depot to be removed. I just hope his end will not be worse than that of Gaddafi.
Russell Travers, wrote
This must be the comedy column! Who cares what this rotten old piece of rubbish thinks! Only sad thing really is what it indicates about the mindset of calcified unreformed African leaders. Hose this degenerate old fart off the world stage!
Realist , wrote
Hey Hilter Bob,The world doesn't care what you think or say, Gaddafi is gone and you are next...
Uncle Bob, I never thought I would agree with you , but enough is enough,. If the USA and WEst were really concernced of the wellbieng of Africans they would have ensured that the war in Somalia ended long ago, but because there is nothing of Value to them there they dont care. The greed of the west is so blatant it stinks, for years America was Egypt's friend and when they decided to go after Lybia's oil they got rid of their friends in Egypt and Algeria. Shame on all Africans who think that NATO and The West are being noble in Lybia, because when they are done in Africa it will be Africas problem when countires can not feed their own and vast unemployment spreads over the continent due to "Globalization" which only benefits western countries and not developing nations. Africans should stand for what is right and not be fooled by the WEST.
Bobby my boy, you are your little Hitler moustace, the many tens of thousands that have died as a direct result of your criminal actions, both you and Adolph have so much in common. Your country was one of the most civilised and productive in Africa, where exactly is it now under your guidance?...nuff sed Bobby....!!! PS Are you aware that young JU JU down here is watching and learning from your every move..??
hahhahahaha u are not zimbbaweanz u rely on ur brainwashing media
Give Mugabe a breakfast! He just woke up from a long sleep and does not know what is the latest on Libya!
Is it not possible to expel Zimbabwe from the UN? Next step is to issue a Interpol arrestr warrant for Bob - and get him when he next travels to Asia.
Little idiot, you failed on Zimbabwe, how can your little voice be heard on global issues. Shut your big mouth up.
Is this little savage still alive??
Can somebody please launch this porch monkey into outer space?!
Is he finished with looting state resources to comment on Gaddafi?
Shutup, just shutup Mugabe!
You can not expect a thief to advise you on any thing. Mugabe stole 2008 election, and caused a lot of suffering after more than 20 years of plundering the economy with his ZANU PF. he also build strong ties with Kadafi, so he is talking on his on behalf not as representing Zimbabweans. The world should just ingnore the call of another murderer and thief just like Kadafi.
Yup.. and he is a sterling example of democracy and unity himself. One filthy terrorist protecting another.
Bob, Bob, Bob... Are you scared of what may happen in Zim?