Mandela condemns US for war

28th June 2003

Former president Nelson Mandela once again condemned the US for the war on Iraq saying "anybody, especially a leader of a super state country to work outside the United Nations, must be condemned".

Addressing media in Johannesburg after meeting with the French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, Mandela said there had not been any world wars since the establishment of UN because the body promoted peace throughout the world.

He said he was happy with French President Jacques Chirac's attitude towards the Iraqi war.

"Chirac took the correct attitude not to support the war. He is in favour of peace".

When asked whether he would tell US President George W Bush about his stand on the Iraqi war when he visited South Africa next month, Mandela replied: "Do not assume that he will meet with me - I know he is coming to see President Thabo Mbeki but I am not sure if he wants to see me".

"I have said what I wanted to say about the war and I will not repeat myself," Mandela said.

De Villepin said he was pleased to have met Mandela as it was very important.

"We admire what Mandela has done for his country and the world".

He said the two discussed the economic and conflict problems in Africa.

France supported the mediation efforts by South Africa to bring peace on the continent.

"We support (the) New Partnership for Africa's Development and any projects that will help to revive the continent's economy.

"We are ready to work with Africa on any projects," he said. – Sapa.