Libyan leader Col Gaddafi said Africa stood ready to increase the number of AU peacekeepers in Darfur, adding that countries such as Egypt, Algeria, Libya, South Africa and Nigeria could contribute troops along with Sudan, to support the AU mission and shut the door to any foreign interference, AngolaPress
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Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Saturday described the raging crisis in Sudan's western region of Darfur as a "conflict for oil control" among major Western oil companies.
Speaking in the central city of Sirte at celebrations marking the 7th anniversary of the African Union (AU) proclamation, the Libyan leader questioned the UN plan to send international troops to Darfur.
"Why not send international troops to European or Asian regions in conflict, such as the Basque in Spain or Kashmir (in dispute between Indian and Pakistan)?" he asked.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan El-Bashir, who is also at Sirte for the AU anniversary celebrations, had in his own speech reaffirmed his opposition to the deployment of UN troops to replace an AU mission, expected to wind down operations at the end of this month over poor funding and logistics.
Kadhafi criticised Africans, who resort to arms or violence, thereby opening their countries and the continent to foreign intervention, noting that foreign missions were known for their "very bad reputation."
He also accused major companies involved in post-conflict reconstruction programmes of often fuelling the conflicts for their own interest.
"Lebanon, Iraq, Darfur and C'te d`Ivoire are living examples," said the Libyan leader, who called on Africans to get rid of such "a destructive culture."
He described the adoption of resolutions under Article Seven of the UN Charter, applicable to Darfur as "a prelude to a re-colonisation process."