Chadian President Idriss Deby has complained about the impact of conflicts in neighboring countries and the insecurity caused by the Boko Haram terrorist operations on all imports and exports to Libya, causing an economic crisis for his country.
Speaking at the opening of a conference of Chadian ambassadors accredited abroad in N'Djamenaon Wednesday evening, Deby deplored the repercussions of conflicts in neighboring countries on his country's economy. "A large deficit has led to an unprecedented increase in the cost of living in our country."
He pointed to these economic problems bagan after "a massive return of more than 500,000 Chadian citizens to their homeland from Libya and the Central African Republic, as well as the presence of hundreds of thousands of refugees displaced from neighboring countries in Chad since 2003."
The president of Chad, one of the five African Sahel forces, reiterated the consequences of NATO's intervention in Libya in 2011, stressing that "his intervention is a real disaster that Africa should not be solely responsible for."
One consequence is that Libya has become a haven for criminal gangs and terrorist groups, a source of supply for terrorists active in the Sahel and in the Lake Chad basin, he said.
Deby condemned the international community's failure to support fighting terrorism in the Sahel, as it did in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
France launched Operation Barkhan in 2014, which was based in Chad, to include five countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. However, terrorist activity in the Sahel countries has increased and left hundreds dead.