Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The General Secretariat of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" about the evolution of the situation between Chad and Sudan, and called on both countries to exercise restraint and engage in dialogue.
In a news release reaching PANA in Tripoli, CEN-SAD specifies that its different bodies "are profoundly worried" about the persistence of accusations between the two parties, and call on the leaders of the two countries and their political authorities to exercise restraint, to engage in social dialogue.
The communiqué urges the Chadian and Sudanese authorities to keep in mind the declaration of the UN General Assembly on the principles of international law concerning friendly relations and cooperation between countries, as well as the Charter creating CEN-SAD.
It also recalls the provisions of the security charter of CEN- SAD, the Niamey declaration on crises and conflicts, and urged all the parties concerned to comply with the provisions contained in it along the lines of co-ordinated demilitarisation and security of the common border.
CEN-SAD finally reiterates its readiness to keep working, through the permanent peace and security mediator within the CEN-SAD space under Col.
Moammar Kadhafi and Burkinabe president, Blaise Compaore, also the community's current chairman for a definitive solution to this crisis.
The communiqué emphasised that CEN-SAD works to combine its efforts with those of other regional organisations, particularly the African Union, aimed at restoring and consolidating mutual trust and the spirit of good neighbourliness between Chad and Sudan.