Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Romania to contribute to Chad mission

BUCHAREST, Feb 4, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Romania will contribute to the EU force in Chad under the conditions to be decided upon by the UN Security Council, President Traian Basescu said on Monday.

At a joint press conference with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Basescu said "Romania will participate in this mission in partnership with Europe, and firstly with France, the country currently heading the European military presence in Chad."

Sarkozy said his country has discussed the matter with the presidents of Senegal, Gabon and Libya, and all of them are sharing the opinion of France.

"Power is not to be won arms in hand anywhere in the world. France has done its best to avoid the worst scenario and to support the government in place there. If the UN Security Council approves the resolution in question, France will be ready to increase its support to its friends in Chad," said Sarkozy.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) voiced in a release on the same day its deep concern about the violent actions of the rebels in Chad, aimed at taking over political power through unconstitutional means.

MAE requires the immediate cease of violence, threatening the stability and security in Chad and the whole region, that has already claimed lives, massive population displacements and serious material damages.

Romania also voices conviction that the mission EUFOR Chad- Central African Republic, decided at the meeting of the EU General Affairs/External Relations Council in Jan. 28 and 29, will be resumed as soon as possible in order to ensure stability and a smooth unfolding of the humanitarian programs in the region.

Moreover, the MAE invites all parties in Chad to stop using force and start a dialogue with a view to finding a negotiated political solution under the aegis of the African Union and the United Nations, in trying to resolve the problems the country is confronted with.

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