In the strongest condemnation to date of Libyan intervention in the Chad war, Egypt said the situation was extremely dangerous and called the Libyan position blatant aggression.
SCU Foreign Minister Kamal Hassan Ali speaks (SOT) (3 shots) 2.03
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 1): ALI: "I would like to mention first the Libyan intervention in Chad, which is considered as a violation to the U.N. charter and the African charter also. The role of Libya in Chad, in fact, in Africa is getting about unstability in the whole continent, and it is considered to be a violation of the African unity, and it is an intervention on a neighbouring country. We are concerned about that. It is an escalation of the whole situation. As for the American movements around Chad, for my knowledge, it had never been indulged in Chad itself."
QUESTION: "But will American intervention widen the conflict"
ALI: "If the superpowers will intervene that means that is an internationalisation of the problem. We are against that. We are against any intervention from any foreign country in Chad, and mainly, as I told you, Libya, is the concern for the time being. You know, we are tied with Sudan with the joint military treaty and whenever Sudan will be in danger then we have to support Sudan."
Background: CAIRO, EGYPT
In the strongest condemnation to date of Libyan intervention in the Chad war, Egypt said the situation was extremely dangerous and called the Libyan position blatant aggression. Foreign Minister, Kamal Hassan Ali spoke after a two hour meeting in Cairo attended by Egyptian politicians and military leader. He said Libyan intervention could internationalise the Chad conflict. Defence Minister Abdel Halim Abu Ghazala had given a detailed review of the situation in Chad and Libya's air and land intervention from the north, around the town of Faya Largeau. Ali said he considered the Libyan moves in the country very serious and, he added, the aggression by one African state against another threatened to involve other nations. Ali renewed Egyptian support for the Chad government of President Hissene Habre, whose forces are fighting the Libyan-backed rebels of former president Goukouni Oueddei. Egypt has supplied Habre's government with military hardware, and has condemned any intervention in the country which may lead to an escalation of the fighting. The Foreign Minister said that Egypt considered the Libyan aggression a violation of the United Nations (UN) and Organisation of African Unity (OAU) charters. President Hosni Mubarak said that Egypt would not send troops to Chad and that his country was making every effort to achieve peace.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMAD FAHMY