17 June 2008
Secretary-General's Statement on the Situation in Chad
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
VIENNA, 17 June (UN Information Service) -- The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the security situation in Chad as a result of renewed fighting in the eastern part of the country, particularly the latest offensive by the Chadian Armed Opposition Group (CAOG).
The Secretary-General condemns all attempts to destabilize the country and is concerned about the risk of a deterioration of the already grave humanitarian situation, especially in eastern Chad, where the international community is actively engaged in providing relief and securing the voluntary, safe and sustainable return of refugees and displaced persons.
The Secretary-General calls on all parties to cease hostilities immediately and abide by their commitments under the different peace accords signed by them. He appeals to the parties to urgently resort to dialogue to reach a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the crisis in Chad.
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