The African Union (AU) has called on concerned parties in Chad to find an amicable solution to their perennial political divergences, stressing that there cannot be a sustainable military solution to the challenges facing the country.
The AU made the call in a communique published on Friday, Aug. 27 by its Peace and Security Council following a recent meeting which examined the progress made in the Chadian political transition and the support mechanism of the African Union.
The AU Peace and Security Council “reiterated its call for unconditional dialogue between the transitional government and all the concerned Chadian parties including the opposition political parties and the armed groups,” the communique indicated.
The Council on the other hand called on the transitional government to respect the 18-month period it gave for achieving the transition, reiterating that members of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) cannot be candidates during elections to be organised after the transitional period.
The AU Peace and Security Council also called on all African countries as well as the international humanitarian community to augment their support to the needy Chadian population, noting the disastrous humanitarian situation in the country had been aggravated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AU called for the “urgent withdrawal from Chad of all mercenaries and foreign combatants, including those from Libya.”
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