Thursday, September 30, 2004

Libya wants one too!

Libya's getting in on the permanent UN Security Council seat sweepstakes, of which no one is likely to win:

Libya asked for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat in appreciation for its peace efforts and bid to reduce threats of weapons of mass destruction.

Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shlaqam told the U.N. General Assembly in New York Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi wishes next year's 60th session to be held in Geneva to enable all leaders of the world to attend, including himself.

In a speech carried Thursday by the official Libyan News Agency, JANA, Shalqam said: "Libya deserves to have a permanent seat in the Security Council due to its great peace efforts within the African Union, its world vision of a balance between capitalism and socialism for settling international economic, social and political problems, and its voluntary bid to get rid of weapons of mass destruction."

Shalqam recalled Gadhafi's proposal to set up a "committee of wise men," including former U.S. president Bill Clinton, ex-Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela.


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