Cameroon – Conflict: BIR soldiers crossed to Chadian territory and caused trouble…now Chadians want them to pay!

Written by Deckson N.

According to the SDO of the Monts de Lam division in Chad, the elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) came into Chadian territory without permission.

The conciliation meeting held on the 26 to October 27 in the city of Touboro between the SDO of Mayo-Rey and his counterpart of Monts de Lam (Chad) almost completed in a fight. “The delegation from Chad had one point in their agenda: the payment of reparations by the Cameroonian authorities“, says one of the participants of the meeting.

According to our source, the authorities of Monts de Lam which shares borders with the Mayo-Rey, accuse the BIR soldiers to have crossed into Chad over a month ago. “The Chadian delegation noted that Cameroonian soldiers came to Chad via Bogdibo and these soldiers reportedly killed a Chadian and wounded another,” says our source.

At the conciliation meeting last week between the two delegations, the SDO of Mayo-Rey, Amougou Francis, proposed the establishment of a Chad-Cameroon Mixed Commission of Inquiry to consider the complaint by the Chadian authorities relation to this military blunder.

The Chadian delegation flatly refused the proposal of the SDO while insisting on the payment of reparations by Cameroon“, says a military source in Mayo-Rey. “The Chadian delegation later abandoned the discussion table and hit the road without meeting ends. The SDO of Mayo-Rey and his entourage caught them at the border to wish them a good trip, “lamented our source.

In the Mayo-Rey, the unexpected departure of the Chadian delegation from Touboro is no surprise. “We sensed reluctance soon as the meeting was convened. The Lamido of Rey Bouba, also vice president of the Senate, had to send a delegation to Chad to convince them before they agreed to come, “says a staff of Mayo-Rey prefecture.

As long as the disagreement is not settled between Chad and Cameroon, it is uncertain that the third consultation meeting between the Monts de Lam and of the Mayo-Rey Divisions will be held in 2020.

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