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    The free market economy is supposed to be the only path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity, power and influence of nations.
    — Omar Bongo
    If the Soviet Union and the United States have not experienced direct military confrontations, on the other hand, they supported, armed and trained Africans, to fight other Africans.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: fight  military 
     
    The shock caused by the September 11 events has also lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity between rich and poor countries, on the misery of populations of the South.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: reflection  poor  misery 
     
    Instead of ideological objectives of a political nature, today we are faced with ideological objectives of economic nature.
    — Omar Bongo
    Economic sanctions rarely achieve the desired results.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: achieve  economics 
     
    But the Western countries that link their partnership with the poorest countries with respect for democracy also have to consider that they have obligations towards these countries.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: respect  democracy 
     
    But it is important to observe that when Europe or the United Nations impose sanctions that are supposed to be aimed against a certain regime, usually generally millions of people end up being directly punished.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: people 
     
    Because the world is in economic recession, which worsened since this drama happened, and our country will bear the burden of all of these consequences.
    — Omar Bongo
    It is important to stress: Africa is also a victim of the September 11 attacks.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: africa  victim 
     
    My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions which I carried out during many conflicts, which very often occurred between brothers of the same country, are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations based on personal ambitions.
    — Omar Bongo
    The world is now aware that the most unavoidable and most dangerous weapon that exists is the blind decisiveness of a man ready to sacrifice his life for an obscure cause.
    — Omar Bongo
    For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point - if not a commodity - of political groups aiming to rise to power.
    — Omar Bongo
    We do not control the trade of our resources, which are an important factor of prosperity for the dominant nations.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: control 
     
    In spite of our poverty and our economic dependence, we do not have to give in, neither because we are sometimes abandoned nor because of the wish of some nations to impose their economic or political models.
    — Omar Bongo
    The African Union has to act in order to put an end to armed conflicts that undermine the continent, to fight against the devastation caused by AIDS and other contagious diseases, to promote sustainable development of its member states.
    — Omar Bongo
    I'm not aiming for the Nobel Peace Prize!
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: peace 
     
    Do not forget that the Arab countries, starting with Algeria and Egypt, are the ones that have paid the heaviest toll because of Islamic terror.
    — Omar Bongo
    From the time of independences until the end of the Cold War, in spite of the participation of a considerable number of African states in the non-aligned movement, everyone in fact chose to align with one or another of the two major blocks.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: time  facts  war  independence 
     
    I am in favor of complete freedom of information and of free access to the new communication tools, in particular the Internet.
    — Omar Bongo
    Information on the Internet must be as free as in the newspapers.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: internet 
     
    The birth of the African Union should encourage us to reexamine relations between African States.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: encourage  birth 
     
    The most powerful State in the world, which up to now was relatively protected from terrorist violence, is no longer an inviolable sanctuary.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: world  violence  powerful 
     
    Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States, has, on the contrary, intensified it.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: power 
     
    It is not right to associate the fight against international terrorist networks with an imaginary crusade against Islam.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: fight  right 
     
    In short, we have, among African countries, a duty of solidarity.
    — Omar Bongo
    When they favor the access of other people to education and health care, the countries of the North not only demonstrate generosity or solidarity, but also implement the principles of respecting and promoting human rights.
    — Omar Bongo
    But since independence, Gabon is one of the few countries in Central Africa that enjoys peace and stability.
    — Omar Bongo
    Therefore, every country has to understand that fighting against international terrorism is not for the sake of the United States, but for the sake of themselves, and, to a larger extent, in the name of stability of international relations.
    — Omar Bongo
    Certainly, Africa accounts for only l % of world trade, and we cannot assure our development on our own.
    — Omar Bongo
    The introduction of political pluralism often quickly led to bad results.
    — Omar Bongo
    tags: bad  political 
     
    The principle of responsibility and collective sanctions is incompatible with the Western concept of justice.
    — Omar Bongo
    There is an idea of democracy produced by one-sided thinking.
    — Omar Bongo
    In brief, Western democracy, as other political models, is not exportable to all regions of the world.
    — Omar Bongo
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