- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 12, 2002


Ethiopia to host united Africa debate

JOHANNESBURG Ethiopia will host a special summit of the African Union early next year to debate Libyan proposals to make the continent a single country with one army, officials said this week.

African foreign ministers, meeting Monday in Tripoli, ended speculation that Libya's Col. Moammar Gadhafi would host the summit. "The summit will be held in Addis Ababa" in late January or early February, South African Foreign Ministry spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa told Reuters.

Diplomats said support was minimal within the 53-nation AU for Col. Gadhafi's proposals.


EU pledges aid at civil war's end

KHARTOUM The European Union has pledged to normalize ties and resume development cooperation with Sudan when Khartoum signs a comprehensive accord to end its 19-year civil war, the Sudan News Agency reported yesterday.

The pledge was contained in a joint communique after a meeting of the two sides here Tuesday before the EU delegation left Sudan for Kenya, the official Sudanese news agency said.

Also Tuesday, the independent Al Sahafi Al-Dawli newspaper said the government had won over a leading commander of the Sudan People's Liberation Army, Peter Gadet, who had threatened Sudan's southern oil fields.


2 who defied royal aides said to fear for lives

MBABANE The kingdom's chief justice and its director of prosecutions, who both have clashed with aides to King Mswati III, fear their lives are in danger after near-simultaneous burglaries, police said yesterday.

Police told the South African Press Association that Chief Justice Stanley Sapire, a South African, and Director of Public Prosecutions Lincoln N'Garua, a Kenyan, reported attempted burglaries at their homes Tuesday night within an hour of each other. "We will beef up security at their residences; the two homes will be patrolled by armed police 24 hours" a day, said police spokesman Vusi Masuku.

Chief Justice Sapire recently presided over a case in which the mother of Zena Mahlangu, 18, said palace aides had abducted her to become the 34-year-old king's 10th wife. She later dropped the case.

Weekly notes

One of the frequent power cuts in Lagos forced Wole Soyinka, Nigeria's 1986 Nobel laureate in literature, to present his latest volume of poetry outside under a tree yesterday, but the relaxed setting could not conceal his anger. Mr. Soyinka was boiling with fury over the religious riots that erupted last month during Nigeria's abortive try to hold the Miss World beauty pageant. "In this country, religion is being used for shortsighted, narrow-minded political ends," he told his audience of academics, writers, artists, friends and relations. South African President Thabo Mbeki bestowed honors on 28 of the nation's living and dead heroes and political allies on Tuesday, including Mohandas K. Gandhi, murdered Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. The medals kare named for an ancient South African civilization, the indigenous baobab tree, and for anti-apartheid struggle icon Oliver Tambo.

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