Gaddafi calls for colonial compensation before Paris visit

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has called on European countries to compensate for colonialism ahead of an EU-Africa summit.

Gaddafi calls for colonial compensation before Paris visit

"The colonial powers must compensate the people they colonised and whose riches they plundered," Gaddafi said today in a speech at Lisbon University, a day before European and African leaders gather for a key summit to shore up ties between the two regions.

Gaddafi is expected to be equally visible in Paris, where he will bring a heated Bedouin tent to receive guests during a five-day state visit next week.

The tent will be erected in the gardens of the Hotel Marigny, the 19th century mansion next to the Elysee palace which is used as an official guest-house on state visits.

The Libyan leader's visit - his first to France since November 1973 when he was welcomed at the Elysee by then president Georges Pompidou - marks warming relations between the two countries.

In an interview published on the website of France's Le Figaro newspaper, Gaddafi's son, Seif el-Islam Gaddafi, said his father would sign several contracts including for Airbus planes and a nuclear reactor.

"Of course (we will sign contracts). We are going to buy more than three billion euros of Airbus (planes), a nuclear reactor and we also want to buy several pieces of military equipment," the younger Gaddafi was quoted as saying.

He also said negotiations were under way about possibly purchasing Rafale fighter jets from Dassault. The French company last year signed an agreement to service Mirage F1 jets bought after Gaddafi's 1973 visit.

Gaddafi's visit was triggered by the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused in Libya of infecting children with HIV/AIDS. Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia played a role in brokering the release, and the president visited Tripoli in July.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Aralık 2007, 14:27