Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says the possible break-up of Sudan could promote similar splits in other Arab and African countries.
Addressing a summit of Arab and African leaders Sunday, Mr. Gadhafi said the January referendum on independence for southern Sudan is a “dangerous” event.
He said that if southern Sudan decides to split from the north, separatist conflicts will spread through Africa like a disease. He said they would be hard to contain in the Arab world as well.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is attending the summit in the Libyan town of Sirte.
Mr. Bashir agreed to the referendum in the 2005 peace deal that ended Sudan’s north-south civil war. However, his government is campaigning for the country to remain unified.
Earlier this year, Mr. Gadhafi angered Nigerian leaders when he said that country should be divided into two or more states to resolve conflicts between Muslims and Christians.
In response, Nigeria briefly recalled its ambassador from Tripoli, and the head of the Nigerian senate described the Libyan leader as a “madman.”
Delegates from 60 Arab and African countries are attending the Sirte summit. Leaders are discussing ways of increasing cooperation and combating mutual threats like the expansion of deserts. VOA