The African Union says it will maintain sanctions on Mauritania despite suggestions from its chairman, Libya’s leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi that they should be dropped.  The head of the AU’s Peace and Security Council says it is compiling a list of those to target in the regime. The sanctions were put in place after Mauritania’s President was overthrown in a military coup last year. But visiting the country earlier this month, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi said they were no longer necessary. Asked about this embarrassing contradiction, the chairman of the PSC offered a charitable explanation to AFP news agency-perhaps Col Gaddafi was engaged in an initiative of his own to restore legality which would then automatically remove the need of sanctions.



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