Gaddafi Urges Europe To Aid Africa, Reduce Immigration

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who currently is chairperson of the African Union, urged those in Europe who were concerned about immigration from Africa such as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, to support a massive program of economic development for Africa. “If Europe does not want migration, then it has to help us to encourage young people to stay in Africa.” He made clear that he was “against our young people migrating to Europe. I do not want Africa to be drained of its working force and of its youth.” Gaddafi argues the youth of Africa should remain on the continent and develop its resources and economies. The Libyan leader expressed hope the United States under Barack Obama would change its attitude toward Africa and work for cooperation.

It would assist in any reconciliation between the United States and Gaddafi if he would cease assisting terrorist forces and work for peace in the Middle East by supporting the government of President Abbas.

  • Frank Portelli

    Let’s be Frank in Europe – On illegal immigration from Libya
    Illegal immigration is the greatest challenge facing Malta at present – even residents of our core villages such as Balzan are extremely concerned about the influx of illegal immigrants – let alone coastal areas such as Birzebbuga and St Paul’s Bay – and of course the special problems being faced by areas with detention centres such as Marsa and Safi.

    Illegal immigration will not go away by talking about it – we need to tackle illegal immigration with increased vigour.

    Italy’s Interior Minister Roberto Maroni speaking recently on RAI Radio warned that two million Africans are ready to travel from Libya to Europe.

    “Rivers of illegal immigrants” are ready to cross from Libya to Europe, Maroni said

    The root of the problem

    Why is this happening?

    Most of these illegal immigrants arrive by sea from Libya. Illegal immigration on this scale is happening because Gaddafi is not stopping it. He has actually been urging Africans to emigrate to Europe illegally.

    To understand why this illegal immigration has reached Biblical proportions you need to understand Gaddafi’s reasoning.

    Gaddafi’s mindset is that Europe is in debt with Africa because of Europe’s colonial past.

    Reuters reported Gaddafi as saying “Our natural resources were robbed. Either you give us back our resources or you invite us in your countries.”

    Gaddafi is on record, on different occasions, to have stated:

    1. “We are protesting so we must go to Europe in search of work.”

    2. “We must force them (the Europeans) to pay compensation.”

    3. “We have the right to go to Europe because we go after our wealth; we refer to gold, diamonds, iron and copper. They left us empty. We go after our stolen wealth.”

    Silvio Berlusconi appears to have accepted Gaddafi’s arguments and signed an accord with Libya last year (30 August 2008) – Italy will pay $5 billion in compensation for “misdeeds” committed during its colonial rule between 1911 and 1943

    Berlusconi commented that the accord ends “40 years of misunderstanding”, adding that “it is a complete and moral acknowledgement of the damage inflicted on Libya by Italy during the colonial era”.

    As a further goodwill gesture, Berlusconi also returned an ancient statue of Venus (the headless “Venus of Cyrene”), which was taken from Cyrene by Italian soldiers and taken to Rome during colonial rule.

    Berlusconi expects that in return Libya will stem the flow of illegal migrants from its shores.

    Where is Malta in all this?

    Turn Gaddafi from being part of the problem to being Gaddafi the solution

    To be frank, I am certain that it is within Gaddafi’s power to stop all illegal immigration from Libya to Malta.

    First, Gaddafi needs to acknowledge that Malta was never a colonial power and, like Libya, Malta was itself also a colony. Malta never inflicted any damage on Libya.

    Once Gaddafi accepts that Malta was a colony and not a colonial power, then it follows that Malta does not owe compensation to anyone for any wrongs committed by colonial States.

    Gaddafi is proud to be a devout Muslim, and it has to be said frankly that sending Muslims illegally to Malta is morally wrong and goes against being a good Muslim.

    Not only has Malta never caused any harm to Libya – Malta supported Libya through the most difficult times, so it does not deserve this treatment.

    Let’s be Frank on Libya

    in the EU

    If this moral argument fails to move Gaddafi our next step is to use our strength in the EU.

    Malta must exert more pressure on Libya including diplomatic, and if necessary, economic sanctions through the EU.

    I am convinced that combining diplomatic pressure with economic sanctions and moral pressure through a respected negotiator will bring results.

    Look at Lockerbie. It was only after Nelson Mandela put moral pressure on Gaddafi that Gaddafi accepted CIVIL responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing.

    Mandela negotiated a deal with Gaddafi – a deal which was a compromise – the United Nations would not press criminal charges against Gaddafi provided Gaddafi accepted civil responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing, and hand over the suspects to the international court.

    The combination of UN sanctions on Libya combined with the moral diplomacy of the respected figure of Nelson Mandela compelled Gaddafi to accept this solution.

    Gaddafi accepted the compromise, handed over the two Libyan suspects involved in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which resulted in the deaths of 270 innocent people in December 1988, accepted civil responsibility and paid $2.7 billion dollars in compensation.

    The United Nations lifted economic sanctions and did not press criminal charges.

    We must speak frankly to a country which subjected us to gun boat diplomacy. Speaking frankly does not constitute a diplomatic incident.

    I wish to speak for all Maltese in this FRANK manner – this can only happen if the Maltese elect me as an MEP to speak on their behalf.

    Meanwhile, no Maltese need speak for Libya. Libya has its own ministers for home affairs.

  • Frank Portelli