3 February 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11401
AFR/1653

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SECRETARY-GENERAL, PROFOUNDLY ALARMED BY EVENTS IN CHAD, CALLS FOR CESSATION

 

OF HOSTILITIES, APPEALS TO ALL IN REGION TO RESPECT INVIOLABILITY OF BORDERS


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General is profoundly alarmed by the dangerous situation in Chad, particularly in light of the heavy fighting in several parts of the capital city, N’Djamena.


He is particularly concerned at the deterioration of the serious humanitarian situation of some 285,000 refugees and 180,000 internally displaced persons, as well as host communities, in eastern Chad where the international community is actively engaged in providing life saving relief assistance.  He urges all parties to ensure the safety and security of all civilians as well as international humanitarian workers and United Nations staff in Chad.


The Secretary-General further calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and engage in dialogue so as to prevent further bloodshed.


He appeals to all countries in the region to respect the inviolability of international borders and to prevent any incursions from being launched from within their territory.


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