Comesa ‘tyrants’ call for democracy in Libya, Egypt

The Summit of Heads of State and Government in the 19-member Comesa trade group “welcomed positive developments” in the democratisation process in Egypt and Libya, calling on the two North African countries to successfully complete the ongoing transition.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the two-day summit in Lilongwe read by Malawi’s trade and industry minister John Bande, the COMESA Heads of State and Government said: “We express our solidarity  with the Egyptian people  in their desire for democracy, good governance and the respect for human rights.”

The Comesa leaders who included international fugitive, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir said they “reiterate the need for the respect of sovereignty and independence of Libya and we call support for a fully-Libyan owned and driven process in the transformation of the country.”

Comea Heads of State and Government

The leaders however noted with “grave concern” the continued insecurity in Somalia, saying it “condemned in the strongest terms all attacks including terrorist attacks and kidnapping of individuals by Al-Shabaab.”

“We condemn the acts of piracy off Somalia coast and the Indian ocean and reiterate the need to adopt a holistic and coordinated approach to deal with piracy,” said Bande when he read the communiqué.

“We urge Comesa to strengthen its conflict prevention and resolution for post conflict reconstruction capabilities in order to deepen its support in the search for peace, security and stability in the region,” the communiqué said.

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika assumed the chairmanship of the trade block.

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