In Khartoum, the Sudan capital, Foreign Ministers of the members states of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) have been attending an 8-day conference, in preparation for the annual OAU summit meeting from July the 18th to the 21st.
In Khartoum, the Sudan capital, Foreign Ministers of the members states of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) have been attending an 8-day conference, in preparation for the annual OAU summit meeting from July the 18th to the 21st. Delegations from 49 nations have been discussing foreign intervention in Africa, with particular reference to the recent fighting involving French and Belgian forces in Shaba Province, Zaire, and the role of French troops in the conflicts in Chad and in the Western Sahara. On Saturday (15 July), the conference voted in favour of a motion restating the principles of non-alignment and the urging the peaceful settlement of conflicts.
SYNOPSIS: After the two day debate on the resolution, the Libyan Jamahiriyah Foreign Minister, Ali Abdel-Salam Tureiki commented on French involvement in Chad.
The Chad Foreign Minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Kamougue Wadal Abdelkadar denied that the government of President Felix Malloum did not represent the interests of all people in Chad. The Chad government has been waging war against Chad Liberation Front (FROLINAT) guerrillas for over 12 years. FROLINAT claim the government based in the capital N'Djamena, in the south, denies the north its true Arab identity. The guerrillas have received the backing of the Libyan government and Colonel Mamougue recently claimed that Libyan troops were also involved fighting alongside FROLINAT forces. Libya was also co-signatory with Niger and Sudan of several short-lived ceasefire agreements.
Colonel Kamougue compared the Libyan Foreign Minister's criticism of the role of the fifteen hundred French troops stationed in Chad fighting the FROLINAT guerrillas, to the attitude of thief, who cries "thief". He said Libya was both actively involved in the Chad civil war and acted as a mediator in the conflict. He said the two roles were irreconcilable and that without Libyan international the situation would have been peaceably resolved year ago. Colonel Kamougue said it was necessary for all African countries to abide by the principles of the OAU charter, and that this would bring about a speedy end to the Chad civil war."