Libya Seeks Security Council Meeting On U.S. Airlift Of Libyans From Chad
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Libya is seeking an emergency Security Council meeting to discuss the U.S. airlift from Chad of 600 Libyans allegedly trained by America to destabilize Libyan ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
No date has been set for the meeting, which Libyan Ambassador Ali Treiki requested in a letter to the council released today.
On Sunday, Libyan Foreign Minister Ibrahim Bashari said of the evacuated Libyan former prisoners of war: ″Those who are in this situation are held against their will.
″They were taken hostage because they have a lot of information. They were trained and armed to destabilize the government of their own country or the political system of other nations.″
Libya’s official news agency JANA reported Bashari’s comments after he met with Nigerian President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in efforts to repatriate the rest of the former POWs.
Reports last week said the POWs were flown to Nigeria. On Sunday, however, reports said the Libyans’ final destination was believed to be Zaire.
A French news report said troops of Chad’s new government Sunday began dismantling a well-armed camp reputedly used by the Libyans.
Agence France-Presse reported the camp about six miles north of the capital of N’Djamena was well-stocked with Soviet-made weaponry and other arms and communications equipment.
The United States evacuated about 600 Libyan POWs from Chad to Nigeria on Friday and Saturday after Idriss Deby’s rebel forces toppled President Hissene Habre earlier this month. Deby is now interim president.
Other former POWs returned to Libya, which helped arm Deby’s fighters.
The U.S. ambassador to Chad, Richard Bogosian, has declined to comment on reports that the soldiers were trained by U.S. military advisers for commando operations against Libya.
Chadian forces captured the Libyan fighters in clashes in 1983 and 1987. Chad and Libya have been battling periodically in a border dispute for more than 20 years.