The Chadian Minister of Defence, General Daoud Yaya Brahim strongly criticized rebel groups, accusing them of recruiting minors to carry out attacks from Libya.
“We have seen Chadians enlisted as mercenaries in Libya, a country where I consider that there is no state,” he said, according to the AlWihda Info website.
“We are continuing our combing operations. They have even recruited minors. Most of these fighters are minors recruited to attack Chad again,” Brahim added.
He also stressed that “despite these provocations, the outstretched hand of the President of the Chadian transitional government remains a possibility of reconciliation.”
The Minister expressed his “regret at the stubbornness of certain individuals who deliberately seek to provoke armed conflicts.” He castigated the mercenaries who continue to attack Chad through Libya.
Last month, the Chadian Presidency said that they are working alongside the US to secure stability in Libya.
This came in a statement by the Chadian Presidency following Mahamat Déby’s reception of Ambassador Richard Norland in the capital, N’Djamena.
The Chadian Presidency stated that the United States Envoy’s visit came as part of Washington’s promises to support Libya’s efforts to establish peace, and turn the page on the war that impeded the development process.
It added that “completing the formation of a broad-based Libyan government that can meet the needs of the Libyan people is a goal, supported by the US, which cannot be achieved without taking into account the proposals of Libya’s neighbouring countries.”
The meeting focused on supporting the United Nations roadmap for holding Presidential and legislative elections in Libya, by the end of the year.
During the talks, Norland expressed concerns about the continuing violence in Sudan, which could undermine efforts to restore peace in Libya.
The statement concluded that the continuation of wars in neighbouring countries “negatively affects development goals in Chad and destabilizes security and stability there.”