Uganda's Museveni criticises West's action on Libya

Museveni accused the West of double standards over imposing a no-fly zone on the north African country while other Arab nations were also being shaken by popular revolts.

"I am totally allergic to foreign, political and military involvement in sovereign countries, especially African countries," Museveni wrote in a statement published in the state-owned New Vision daily.

"The Western countries always use double standards. In Libya, they are very eager to impose a no-fly zone. In Bahrain and other areas where there are pro-Western regimes, they turn a blind eye to the very same conditions or even worse conditions."

"The actions of the Western countries in Iraq and now Libya are emphasising that might is right." Museveni also wondered why appeals to the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on Somalia -- where he has deployed troops for an African Union mission -- had gone unheeded yet it is home to Al Qaeda-linked rebels blamed for regional instability.
"Why? Are there no human beings in Somalia similar to the ones in Benghazi? Or is it because Somalia does not have oil which is not fully controlled by the Western oil companies..."

The Ugandan leader is on a five-member AU high-level panel on Libya and called for negotiations between Kadhafi and the rebels to end the unrest. "Colonel Kadhafi should be ready to sit down with the opposition, through the mediation of the AU, with the opposition...," he said.

Museveni himself has faced opposition accusations of fraud and calls for mass protests after elections in February extended his 25-year-old rule, putting him among Africa's long-serving leaders. The former guerilla leader seized power in 1986 and had received military assistance from Kadhafi. But Museveni criticised the Libyan opposition for not fighting on on their own without help from the West.

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