Representatives of Chad and the Libyan Jamahiriyah have been putting their cases to the United Nations Security Council in the dispute affecting their two countries.
SV Chad Foreign Minister Kamogue Udal Abdelkader speaking in French
GV Security Council in session
SV Libyan Jamahiriyah delegate Mr. Mansur Kikhia speaking in French
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Background: Representatives of Chad and the Libyan Jamahiriyah have been putting their cases to the United Nations Security Council in the dispute affecting their two countries. The meeting of the 15-nation Security Council was called at the request of the Chad Government.
SYNOPSIS: Chad's Foreign, Kamogue Udal Abdelkader, called for help in "restoring" his country's sovereignty. He accused the Libyan Jamahiriyah of launching attacks against three Chad cities...and of having the help of what he called "foreign specialists" in their attacks.
The Chad Foreign Minister demanded that the Libyan Jamahiriyah withdraw all its troops and halt all forms of assistance to the Chad rebels. And he demanded that the Libyans stop interfering in his country's internal affairs...and demanded that all military and civilian prisoners be released.
Mr. Abdelkader also called for the two neighbouring countries to participate actively on efforts by the O.A.U. -- the Organisation of African Unity -- to find a just solution to their differences.
The representatives at the United Nations of the libyan Jamahiriyan, however, totally rejected the Chad charges. Mr. Mansur Kikhia said his country was being used as a scapegoat for a revolution which had been going on for 20 years in various parts of Chad...and not just in the northern area which borders on his country. And, he said, in the past, Chad had accused another of its neighbours -- the Sudan -- of similar acts. Mr. Kikhia declared that the assertion that the Libyan Jamahiriyah was fomenting revolution was an old refrain....like the charge that it supported terrorism. And, he added, there was a huge expanse of desert separating Chad and the nearest Libyan habitation. It was impossible for Libyan soldiers to have been transported across it.