- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 8, 2001

'Enemies of Africa'
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is calling on African nations to play a "historic role" in the war on terrorism.
African countries, especially those with large Muslim populations, should emphasize that the war is not a clash between the West and Islam but between civilization and the "uncivilized," she told African officials at a State Department conference this week.
Miss Rice also noted that Africa itself has been victimized by terrorists, and several African nations lost citizens in the attack on the World Trade Center.
Africa has a "historic role to play in the global battle against terrorism," she told participants in an annual forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.
"Indeed, Africa's history and geography give it a pivotal role in the war on terrorism," she said. "Africa has always been a meeting place, a bridge, for the world's major religions."
Miss Rice said African nations could help diplomatically through their membership in African, Arab and other international organizations.
"We need African nations, particularly those with large Muslim populations, to speak out at every opportunity to make clear … that this is not a war of civilizations, that this is a war of civilization against those who would be uncivilized in their approach to us," she said.
Miss Rice promised the African delegates that the Bush administration will "not abandon our commitment" to promoting growth and peace, and combating AIDS and other deadly diseases in Africa.
Leonardo Simao, the foreign minister of Mozambique, asked for U.S. help in building government and civil institutions to fight terrorism.
"Our countries have been victims of terrorism even when the rest of the world had a different perception on what terrorism was about," he said.
Ambassador John Ernest Leigh of Sierra Leone said his country suffered massive terrorist assaults in 1999, when 6,000 citizens of the capital, Freetown, were killed in one week.
"Greed is the motivating factor behind violence in a wide swath of Africa. Terrorism and violence spread disease," he said. "Violence impoverishes Africa."
Mr. Leigh called on the West to pass laws to prevent the sale of illegal diamonds and other valuable resources that fuel many of the conflicts in Africa.
Tidiane Gaudio, the foreign minister of Senegal, recalled the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya in 1998 that killed 12 Americans and nearly 200 Africans. Osama bin Laden, the chief suspect behind the September 11 attacks, is also wanted for plotting the Kenya bombing, along with an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania that killed 11 Africans.
"Those people [the terrorists] did not have any consideration or respect for Africa and African lives," Mr. Gaudio said. "So for that reason, they are also enemies of Africa."

Bush to meet Swede
Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson will travel to Washington next month to hold talks on Dec. 3 with President Bush.
"The Swedish people have shown great sympathy and solidarity with America since the attack of September 11, and the Swedish government has taken a number of concrete steps to help in the war on terrorism," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said yesterday.

Terrorism protest
Spanish residents, angered over the latest Basque terrorist attack, plan a silent protest tonight over the assassination of Judge Jose Maria Lidon.
The protestors will gather at Washington Circle, across from the Spanish Embassy, 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the embassy said.
Mr. Lidon was shot early yesterday in a suburb of the Basque city of Bilbao.

New from Peru
The new ambassador from Peru, Allan Wagner, is scheduled to present his diplomatic credentials to President Bush today.
Mr. Wagner is serving his third tour of duty in Washington. He was here from 1972 to 1974 as the Peruvian Embassy's chief economic officer, and from 1983 to 1985 as the deputy chief of mission.
He also served as ambassador to Spain and Venezuela.


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