A conference will be held on April 16 in the Libyan capital of Tripoli to stop the escalation of violence in the border areas of Sudan and Chad and to find a permanent solution to the Darfur crisis, a top Libyan mediator told Gulf News on Thursday.
Dr Ali Abdul Salam Al Treki, Libya's envoy to Sudan and Chad said that "due to the recent accident at the border which resulted in the loss of life of some forces, we are working to find a permanent settlement"
Al Treki, a former foreign minister of Libya and Secretary of the General People's Committee for African Unity, stated that besides Sudan and Chad, Eritrea and other African countries are likely to attend the meet.
Libya has been taking an active role in finding a solution to the Darfur crisis which is now threatening to spill over into Chad.
As a first step, he said Libyan and Eritrean military and security observers have been deployed at the sensitive places on the border.
Al Treki, however, was not receptive to the idea of replacing the African Union forces by the UN forces.
"Let us concentrate on the AU forces and strengthening them. The AU is not a fighting force, they are a peace-keeping force and it's our duty to help them by increasing our efforts for a political settlement which we are working on," he said.
As a facilitator of the Abuja agreement - Al Treki is one of the signatories to the agreement as a Representative to the Leader of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - he said sanctions won't solve any problem and the issue should be solved through diplomacy."
Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16