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Volume 3, Number 2 February 9 -15, 2003 Quezon City, Philippines
Mandela: US out to get Iraq's oil resources
-- “ The sole reason for a possible US-led attack on Iraq would be to gain
control of its oil resources, Nelson Mandela said Thursday, adding that
President George W Bush "can't think properly".
former South African president also attacked British Prime Minister Tony Blair,
whom he said had been newly deployed as the "US foreign minister" in a
criticism of London's close alliance with Washington over Iraq.
(Blair) is no longer prime minister of Britain," Mandela opined at the
opening of a three-day International Women's Forum in Johannesburg.
is acting outside the United Nations and both he and Tony Blair are undermining
the United Nations, an organization which was an idea sponsored by their
said the "arrogant behavior" by the United States was mainly motivated
by Iraq's rich oil reserves.
does the United States behave so arrogantly? Their friend Israel has got weapons
of mass destruction but because it's their ally they won't ask the United
Nations to get rid of them.
just want the oil... We must expose this as much as possible," Mandela
Bush wants is Iraqi oil," Mandela said. "He is making the greatest
mistake of his life by trying to cause carnage."
has consistently criticized US policies in the past year, voicing his staunch
opposition against a war on Iraq, in line with more diplomatic statements issued
latest scathing attack on the two world leaders came as South African President
Thabo Mbeki prepared to leave for Britain to meet with Blair at the weekend.
will meet with Blair in the context of the global effort to avert war with
Iraq," foreign ministry spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa told Agence France-Presse
Africa has repeatedly called on the United States and its British ally to
resolve the Iraqi crisis through the UN Security Council.
who also chairs the newly formed African Union, the successor to the
Organisation of African Union, will also brief Blair on the New Partnership for
Africa's Development (NEPAD), an economic recovery plan for the continent.
will brief his British counterpart about regional and continental efforts to
bring about peace, security and stability as well as efforts aimed at the
economic revivial of the continent through NEPAD," Mamoepa said.
enjoys widespread support from western leaders, including Blair, but Mbeki
warned this week that a war on Iraq could hamper African development.
would be devastating not just to Iraq but also to the whole of the Middle East
and to other countries of the world ... In a situation like that, we would have
to say goodbye to African development," Mbeki said.
will depart from Britain to Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, to attend a three-day AU
heads of state extraordinary summit starting next Sunday.
reiterated Mbeki's position that the United Nations should be left to deal with
the Iraqi crisis, the local news agency SAPA reported.
will support them (the United Nations) without reservation, but what I condemn
is one power with a president who can't think properly and wants to plunge the
world into holocaust," he said.
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