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28 June 2017 12:32 (South Africa)

Chavez and Co. call for closer South-South ties

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has wasted no time in setting the UN’s agenda after his country took over the year-long presidency of the UN General Assembly on September 15. Known for his views on creating a state he calls “Israetine”, in which Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, he and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez now want Africa and South America to form a strong intercontinental alliance. The man introduced to the UN as the “King of Kings” proposed a defence alliance along the lines of Nato, an idea previously mooted by Venezuela’s “Il Duce II”. The call by “Brother Leader” and his South American brother in arms was made during their meeting on Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela, after the General Assembly. No doubt many in the AU will see sense in creating a splendid international fighting force, just as soon as the AU can extricate itself from Somalia, and South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe can get back from Tripoli without ditching at a derelict airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gaddafi has also decided to abolish Switzerland and split it up along linguistic lines, with parts going to Germany, France and Italy. Maybe he had too many margaritas.

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