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THE THIRD UNIVERSAL THEORY AND THE WEST
The brother leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on 30th August addressed a gathering in Sirte of African and international leaders. Around 300 delegates from around the world as well as African Heads of State participated in the World Mathaba Conference. Among the topics covered in his 87 minute speech were the following:
Opposition to a proposed international criminal court
Opposition to a ban on antipersonnel mines
A call to participants to pull out of the World Bank and create a bank for the Third World
A proposal for a regional summit to end the conflicts in the Great Lakes region
The following are excerpts from his speech, broadcast live by Libyan TV, subheadings inserted editorially:
We congratulate ourselves, us members of the World Mathaba [Arabic: mathaba] for our presence here. I shall try not to be long. This presence at the level of the World Mathaba's general assembly pinpoints a strong will and determination. This will and determination is still strong and proves that we are committed to continue the struggle. We must appreciate and value all these things which give us confidence in ourselves...
All those who are members of this World Mathaba one day realized that they were in one trench and that they were targets of a common enemy who forced them to unite in the World Mathaba. They decided to engage in a collective struggle and, praise be to God, they have come out victorious.
All these dear brothers on my left and my right were one day soldiers fighting in the bush. They were seen as terrorists. Their camps in Libya were seen as camps of terrorism. However, after they came out victorious with their peoples and gained their rights under the sun through their constant struggle, those who had considered them as terrorists had no choice but to recognize them. They were forced to lay red carpets for them, even in Washington...
Before me now there is a list which includes nearly 142 states and political organizations which are under the umbrella of the Mathaba. There are more than 40 new movements such as peace movements, greens, environment and minorities. This means that we represent 75 per cent of the world population. The force which is under the umbrella of the Mathaba belongs to the Third World, which represents 75 per cent of the world's population and which possesses 85 per cent of the world's resources.
We are, therefore, a considerable force. In this historical meeting, which is at the highest level of the Mathaba - the Mathaba's General Assembly - we must confirm our presence in the world arena. We must force the United Nations and other regional organizations to recognize us...
The first thing which we must do at this historical meeting is to restructure the Mathaba, which ought to impose itself in the international arena. Nobody can prevent us from that because supremacy today is not that of officialdom, governments, armies and official decisions but that of masses' power. This is the era of the masses and mass organizations which do not recognize borders and officialdom. These are the dominant organizations at the present.
We are the mother and the umbrella of these world organizations. We are capable of helping them. We have proved that when we helped and supported each other in a bitter and hard armed struggle and we were able to change the course of events in the world. We were able to change the world map by transforming colonies into independent states and enslaved peoples into free peoples...
After we restructure the Mathaba and impose our presence in world society - and we must force our presence and be recognized by the United Nations and all international and regional organizations - we will be faced by the task of confronting globalization, not by rejecting and denying it. Globalization is a reality which is imposed by science, the revolution of the communications and the incredible scientific advancement...
No international criminal court
Kofi Annan has sent us a letter and said: I plead you to approve the Rome international criminal court. No, no, no. I have sent him a letter and I shall hand it out to all world leaders. This must be the stance of the whole Mathaba. We can only approve this criminal court of Rome if we impose our conditions, because this court will try us only and will not try them. It is not in our interest, my brother leaders, for anything to proceed from the United Nations as long as the domination is by one single state, because everything will be in its interest...
I can tell you that Libya will never approve this court in the light of the current conditions. Never. Because we are convinced that a CIA director would not be brought to be tried before this court, while he perpetrated crimes such as the assassination of Salvador Allende, Cabral, Lumumba or took part in the liquidation of any other person...
They are asking at the Millennium Summit for the prohibition of antipersonnel mines. We have to adopt a clear and serious stance about this in the Mathaba. It is known that antipersonnel mines are no good. We in Libya are still suffering from the mines which were planted by the allies when they defeated the axis powers. We cannot approve this agreement or prohibit the manufacturing or use of mines as long as there are atomic, chemical and bacteriological bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles. They do not speak about these but talk about mines.
The mine which they are talking about is the last and most basic means of defence. The mine does not cross borders; however, the cruise missile, bombs, aircraft, fleets and aircraft carriers cross borders, seas, oceans and continents which get destroyed. These are the ones which must be banned first. Is it just the mine which harms humans? We will produce antipersonnel mines and defend our borders with them because it is the enemy who comes to the mine and not vice-versa. We are not going to send our mines to them. If they come to us on our land, mines must explode under their feet and blow them apart. That will serve them right. Why do they come to a land which is not theirs?
The antipersonnel mine is the most basic and last means of defence and is a defensive not an offensive means. It is used within borders and not outside them. We cannot approve the ban of mines. The last thing we are attached to is to defend ourselves with antipersonnel mines. They said: No, eliminate them. You know that if we approve this, they will later say: Machine-guns are prohibited. They will set up and sign an agreement and anyone who will use a machine-gun will be considered a criminal and they will take it from him... We will eliminate mines, antipersonnel and antivehicle mines, but not now. We will do so when all weapons of mass destruction and offensive weapons are eliminated and they stop manufacturing them, then we will eliminate everything including mines and rifles...
Attack on World Bank
Some of the revolutionary leaders who are here as my guests were obliged to create parties, and you may ask why have Mandela or Mugabe, or any of these other leaders, created a party? They were forced to and told: Either you do that or you will not get any loans from the World Bank. They did it because they felt obliged to and not because they believed in it...
Let us talk about the World Bank, the IMF and the World Trade Organization. These must be ours or we will reject them. If it is a world bank it must then belong to all of us and it should not impose anything on us. But what it does is that it imposes its will on the people. Libya makes a huge contributions to the World Bank and the IMF. Therefore it is our bank. Why should anyone in America, or any other place, or on behalf of Zionism and imperialism, impose their terms on the peoples since the bank is not their bank but is the bank of each one of us?
That is enough. Let us create the Mathaba's bank, the International Bank of the World Mathaba. Let us create a bank. We can create a bank and we will grant loans to one another [applause]. Let all our states withdraw their contributions from the World Bank and put them in this bank. Since the World Bank has become a nightmare and a sword hanging over our heads; and since it imposes humiliating and destructive terms on us; and since it controls the price of our children's bread and controls our food and drink, and also the price of fuel, clothes, food, drink and water, we do not want it, and let America and Zionism stay in it. They are welcome to stay in their bank.
We should withdraw our contributions and create a bank for the Third World and for the forces part of this Mathaba [applause]. We have the support of all the organizations. As I have said the masses of Seattle are with us and are against all these nightmares. All the jobless in Europe, in their millions, are also with us...
Warning to Europe
We must warn Europe against some of the projects which it is currently undertaking, because they will harm Europe and will harm cooperation between us, such as Barcelona and the European-Mediterranean cooperation. They want to take North Africa and annex it to the European Union. This is rejected. Africa does not allow the partition of its territory at all. Whoever wants to cooperate with Africa should cooperate with Africa from its north to its south as one Africa [applause]. But to take Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and annex them to the European Union, via the Mediterranean, this is tantamount to an aggression on Africa's territorial integrity.
We will not sell Africa in exchange for gains from Europe because if we were to sell our brethren in Africa in exchange for gains we might obtain from Europe that would mean that we are agents and have accepted bribes. That would mean returning the colonies to their colonisers once again. If Europe wants to deal with us we must warn it about this on behalf of the World Mathaba...
Warning to Britain
Zimbabweans never went to Britain to take British land. It is the British who went to Zimbabwe and forcibly took land and killed many people. What is wrong with President Mugabe reclaiming that land now? And the British have an obligation to compensate for the land they took away [applause]. All former colonial masters must be made to pay for their past deeds, there must be an international tribunal to hear cases of compensation for those countries which were colonised [applause].
Summit on DRCongo
I have a proposal to make, and which will be issued by this general historic conference of the World Mathaba for the Defence of Freedom, Peace, Justice and Progress, namely to hold a summit of leaders, only leaders of the Mathaba which includes members who are now unfortunately fighting one another. This summit will include brother President Mugabe, Museveni, Sam Nujoma, Dos Santos of Angola, Kagame, Buyoya, Kabila [talking to an aide] Who else? Tanzania? Burundi? Buyoya of Burundi.
It must also include our brother President Chiluba of Zambia because, to be honest, he made relentless and continuous efforts in this affair. The Central African Republic, led by President Patasse, has suffered a great deal from the war in the Great Lakes because of the efforts resulting from the large numbers who go there from the various sides.
I would like this conference to set up a committee to be chaired by either President Alpha [Konare, of Mali] or Abdoulaye Wade [of Senegal], who are among the wise leaders of West Africa, and who are respected and who have got vitality and are active, praise be to God for that. The membership, out of respect and consideration until the invitation is accepted, could include Ortega, and Louis Farrakhan. We could also add wise men such as Ben Bella and Kaunda. Those who will chair this committee can ultimately choose the members. They will visit these countries to convince them about the summit which will be attended only by us, the leaders of the Mathaba...
This resolution will have to be binding and every member of the Mathaba will be bound by it and anyone who refuses to attend will be denounced. The resolution will be issued by the conference and this committee will take it and convey it to these [leaders]. I believe that when we meet as members of the Mathaba we will understand one another and we will embrace one another and we will resolve the problem [applause]. I take it this means the proposal has been accepted [more applause].
I think our brethren are tired of this problem. Rwanda now wants to reconsider its position and rebuild itself. The same applies to Uganda. Even the conflict between this alliance, I mean Rwanda and Uganda whose troops fought one another in Congo, is escalating. We do not want to see Uganda and Rwanda fighting each other. They were allies yesterday and today they are becoming enemies again...
We do not want just to end the war; we want to see an alliance. This is the revolutionary camp. This is Africa's belly and entrails. You will separate northern Africa from southern Africa if you created this conflict and these problems in the Congo basin, in this region...
Libya has previously offered much material help in the form of money, weapons and training. Now there should be a different kind of support; not a military one, but one concerning economic enterprises, companies, joint ventures and banks. [Applause]
The Mathaba should be backed by funding and investing bodies, besides solidarity and common defence by its members. So nobody will lay a finger on one of its members as long as they adopt a single stance. They will not be able to single us out. We will inevitably triumph, God willing...
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