The United Nations Secretary General's
special representative to the Central African Republic and Chad is scheduled to
present his report on the region to the Security Council Tuesday. In his report, Victor
Da Silva Angelo, will focus on the security situation in Chad which he said is
influenced considerably by the situation in Sudan's Darfur region.
Angelo said the tense
diplomatic relations between Sudan and Chad have emboldened rebels to carryout
insurgent activities into Chad, which disrupt humanitarian work.
Angelo told VOA that the United Nations seeks basic human
rights issues that are respected by all.
I will be talking to the council about Chad and also the relation between Chad
and Sudan. And a little bit also about the security situation in the Central
African Republic because we have to look at these things from a regional
He said the humanitarian
circumstances in Sudan's Darfur region directly impact neighboring Chad and the
"The other situation in
Darfur does influence the situation in Chad, and how Darfur and Chad…have on
the security situation in the Central African Republic. So all these things are
related," he said.
Angelo said the humanitarian
situation in Chad has declined.
"I will be telling the
council that since my last report and particularly since May, the situation has
certainly not improved," Angelo said.
He said recent rebel
insurgencies have undermined humanitarian work.
"As you are aware, in the
beginning of May, we have some serious rebel activities inside Chad and close
to the border in Sudan. And since then, we have seen a deterioration of the
security situation in some areas of eastern Chad, particularly in those areas
that are pretty close to the border and also in areas close to the refugee
camp," he said.
Angelo said there is need
for more manpower and logistics to help with the humanitarian situation in
"At this point my main
concern is to make sure that I have enough men on the ground to be able to
cover the entire area that I am supposed to cover. We are talking about a very,
very large area about 1000 kilometers from north to south and 400 kilometers
from east to west," Angelo said.
He said the United Nations
has yet to receive security help with its humanitarian work.
"For the time being, we
don't have the soldiers that have been promised to us. We have only 46 percent
of the soldiers that we are supposed to have, and we are still trying to put
together the military and security bases that we need to operate. At this
stage, my main problem is to be able to mobilize all the security personnel that
have been authorized by the council and make sure that I can deplore these
people on the ground," he said.
Angelo said the presence of
adequate security will provide protection of
refugees from rebel insurgent activities.