The military junta in power in Chad announced on Sunday its refusal to negotiate with the rebels who launched an offensive against the regime two weeks ago and are accused by the army of having killed the head of state Idriss Déby Itno.
She also called on Niger, a country bordering Chad, to “cooperate in order to facilitate the capture (…) of these war criminals”, including their leader Mahamat Mahadi Ali, “responsible for the death of several dozen soldiers. Chadians ”, in a statement read on national television by his spokesperson.
“The time is neither for mediation, nor for negotiation with outlaws,” said Azem Bermandoa Agouna, spokesman for the Chadian army. “The defense and security forces (…) supported by the air force, have located the enemy scattered in small groups, in the process of regrouping in Nigerian territory” with their leader Mahamat Mahadi at their head Ali “wanted for war crimes by the Attorney General of Tripoli and whose assets are frozen for financing terrorism,” he also said.
“If they want to go to war, we will go to war”, reacts the FACT
Reached by phone by Agence France Presse (AFP), Mahamat Mahadi Ali, the leader of the Front for Alternation and Concord in Chad (FACT) said for his part that he was still in Chad, in the province Kanem, border region of Niger, about 400 km north of N’Djamena.
On Saturday, FACT said it was open to a ceasefire following a mediation launched the day before between the military and the rebels by the presidents of Niger and Mauritania, members of the G5 Sahel organization (Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso), while declaring that his armed group had been bombed in the morning.
“If they want to go to war, we will go to war. If we are attacked, we will retaliate, ”he told AFP on Sunday evening, reacting to the refusal to negotiate by the military junta.