The GACSO described the assertion as invalid stressing that the "continental size is neither a necessary nor sufficientcondition for becoming an economic power."If it were so, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, let alone Switzerland and most of the European countries would beeconomic midgets; and the Asian tigers too.On the other hand, Antarctica and Australia, as continents, would beeconomic giants".The statement called on the current Black African governments not to repeat the mistake of past leaders, who in 1973,under the banner of the OAU lined up behind the Arabs on the oil embargo, in hopes of getting concessions on oil,without any pre-agreed quid pro quo, and got nothing after the Arabs had exploited African support.GACSO also urged African leaders, civil society, media practitioners and the public to scrutinize the proposal for the AUto appoint a defence and trade minister and set up a continental army, which proponents of the US-Africa agendaconsidered as matters of priority."Defence is the last thing a sensible sovereign country surrenders.Note that after 50 years of their merger process, theEU states have yet to do that and appoint a Defence Minister.Yet proponents of US-Africa want the AU to start with that".According to GACSO the call for AU countries to compete to host the institutions of the AU/US-Africa was dubious."Clearly, the Arab countries, awash with oil money and with unlimited back-up from the rest of the oil-rich Arab League,will out-bite the poor Black countries, leading to Arab domination of the US-Africa; just as the UN is dominated by thegang of imperialist countries where its key institutions are located."If the formula for locating its key institutions is allowed, the US-Africa would become an instrument of Arab colonialism inAfrica; and would entrench Arab power over Black Africa," GACSO noted.GACSO, therefore, called for serious study on Arab culture and other norms; Black African experiences with Arabs,"What are the promoters of this US-Africa promising it would do for Black Africa?"Who are these promoters? And who exactly is sponsoring them? Who is the godfather of this their US-Africa? And whathis motives are?According to GACSO over the past 50 years Arabs had humiliated and enslaved Black Africans considering them as sub-human and questioned whether the US-Africa agenda was not a ploy to control Black Africans permanently.The statement urged African leaders to scrutinize the US-Africa Agenda by looking at Arab treatment of blacks;enslavement; attitude of Arabs to Blacks in general and to Black Africans in particular; colour discrimination againstblacks and the holding of blacks in automatic contempt.
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