Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi says Africa will continue to insist on a peaceful solution and dialogue and not armed confrontation in resolving the Libyan issue.Recent developments in Libya which have seen the formation of a military coalition by western powers which has been bombarding Libya have left many pan-Africanists questioning the role Africa is playing in the unfolding scenario.
While the African Union Peace and Security Council resolved to study the situation and see what action can be taken, the whole plan has been overtaken by the advent of the westerners on the scene.
While claiming that they want to enforce the UN Resolution 1973, which stipulates a no-fly zone in Libya, the damage that has been inflicted is so grave, making it clear that the aim of the Western countries is regime change.
These sentiments were recently confirmed at the last western summit held in Britain where British Prime Minister David Cameron said he could not rule out the idea of arming rebels in Libya.
The African Union did not attend that summit, and neither did it attend the first one that was held in France.
Onlookers have expressed concern on why Africa is not in the driving seat in resolving the continentâ€™s problems.
Minister Mumbengegwi says the African panel set up to examine the issue should be given time.
He said the absence of the African Union at the two meetings organised by the west is clear testimony that Africaâ€™s agenda on Libya is diametrically the opposite of what the West wants.
The African panel which was set up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Peace and Security Council meeting comprises Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz, South African President Jacob Zuma, Congo Brazzavilleâ€™s Denis Sassou Nguesso and Maliâ€™s Amadou Toumani Toure.