Chad has called for help form other African countries after reports of an invasion by heavily-armed Libyan troops.
SV Dr. Abba Seddick speaking in French and journalists listening. (12 SHOTS)
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Background: Chad has called for help form other African countries after reports of an invasion by heavily-armed Libyan troops. The appeal came from Dr. Abba Seddick, the representative in Algeria of the Frolinat Liberation Front, which took political control of Chad earlier this year. Dr. Seddick addressed a news conference in Algiers on Saturday(21 April).
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Seddick told reporters that the events in Chad were not only local problem -- they concerned the whole of Africa.
Until two months ago, Frolinat was fighting the Chad government, supported by the Libyan Jamahiriyah. Then Chad President Felix Molloum and Premier Hissene Habre resigned, handing over to a provisional state council controlled by Frolinat. the change ended a civil was which had lasted for twelve years. But according to Reuters news agency, the head of the state council, Goukonuni Oueddai, accused the Libyans in a broadcast on Friday (20 April) of invading Chad.
The Reuters' reports quoted sources as saying that garrisons five hundred kilometres inside Chad had been attacked. They said, that in his broadcast, Mr. Oueddai called for the population to mobilise against his former supporters, the Libyans.
At his news conference, Dr. Seddick called for other nations to help find a solution to the problem. Appealing for help from all African countries, he said it was in their interests to re-establish stability in Chad.