Kadhafi, Deby discuss developments in Africa

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col.
Mouammar Kadhafi and Chadian President Idriss Deby have reaffirmed the need to consolidate the African Union with the view to meeting the different challenges facing the continent.
According to official sources here, the two leaders talked on telephone Tuesday.
They discussed developments in Africa and how to strengthen co-operation between the two neighbouring countries.
Their talks coincided with a reported upsurge of tension at the border of Chad and Central African Republic.
According to reports from N'djamena, some incidents broke out Tuesday at the Chad/CAR border raising tension between the two countries, a few days before a tripartite summit of Sudan, Chad and CAR.
Leaders of the three countries are due to meet in Khartoum to examine issues related to security at their common borders.
Tripoli had played a key role in the normalisation of relations between Chad and CAR.
It is now striving to avert escalation of tension in the sub-region.
Problems at the Chad-CAR border were toned down following a Libyan mediation that culminated in the visit of CAR President Ange Felix Patasse to N'djamena in April this year.
Relations between Chad and CAR soured in November 2001 after the former chief of the CAR army, General François Bozize, who was accused of attempting to overthrow the government, fled to southern Chad.
About 100 Libyan soldiers have been guarding President Patasse since the abortive coup of 28 May 2001.

07 august 2002 14:03:00

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