African Union condemns French arms drop to Libya rebels

June 30, 2011

African Union Commission chief Jean Ping says France's decision to air-drop weapons to Libyan rebels is dangerous and puts the whole region at risk.

He told the BBC the action risked creating problems similar to those in war-torn Somalia.

France has confirmed it dropped arms to Berber tribal fighters in the mountains southwest of the capital, Tripoli.

Ping was speaking from Equatorial Guinea, where African heads of state are to meet today for an AU summit.

Meanwhile, Libyan Minister for African Union Affairs Joma Ibrahim Amer told reporters that Libya's government expected support from the continental body at their summit in Equatorial Guinea.

compiled from agency reports