US News What mission for the Congolese Basil Ikouébé, representative of the AU in Chad?

08:43  25 july  2021
08:43  25 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Basile Ikouébé (born 1 July 1946 in Congo -Brazzaville) is a Retired Congolese diplomat (raised to the dignity of Ambassador of the Republic of the Congo by presidential decree of January 20, 2021), Special representative of the President of the African Union Commission for the Great Lakes region

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Basile Ikouébé, ici comme ministre des Affaires étrangères du Congo-Brazzaville, en 2013 à l'Assemblée générale de l'ONU. © AFP - Mary Altaffer Basil Ikouébé, here as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Congo-Brazzaville, in 2013 at the UN General Assembly.

The High Representative of the African Union for the political transition of Chad, who already held the position of special envoy of the same organization, must arise in Ndjamena this Sunday for "his taking".

His arrival was very awaited in Chad, the only country in Africa not to have been sanctioned by the AU after taking power by the military last April and where the conduct of the transition by the junta in power does not make the unanimity.

to 74 years, this former foreign minister of the Congo at the well-filled diplomatic career inherits an post that will not be rest.

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Basile Ikouébé (born 1 July 1946) is a Congolese diplomat who served in the government of Congo -Brazzaville as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2015. Previously, Ikouébé was Congo -Brazzaville's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1998 to 2007. He is a member of the governing Congolese Labour Party.

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named at the foot raised after the military transition council of Senegalese Ibrahima Fall as high representative for the political transition in Chad, Basil Ikouébé will not be in a position of force on his entry, recognize sources in Addis Ababa , while his mission is described as "crucial".

It will have the heavy task of ensuring a strict application by the CMT of the "binding" measures contained in Resolution 996 of the Peace and Security Council.

A reduced margin of reduced

Basil Ikouébé will have to push for a revision as soon as possible - The AU had said three months - of the transition charter to include in particular the respect of a transition of 18 months maximum and the principle of the ineligibility of members of the military junta.

It will also be necessary to ensure that the national dialogue in the course of organization will be "inclusive, sincere and transparent".

Finally, the diplomat is supposed to help Chad engage in ultra-sensitive security reform.

But the power of transition did not wait for his arrival in Ndjamena. He has committed on most of these files without taking into account the recommendations of the African institution, while preventing the Chadian people who finally decide on all these points.

"Its margin of maneuver will unfortunately be very narrow" against a CMT that is "jealous of its sovereignty," warned an African diplomat.

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