The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) “firmly” condemned the military attack on a border post in Chad on Sunday, in which six Chadian soldiers were killed, and agreed with N’Djamena, an international commission of inquiry, to clarify what was happening is.
The foreign ministries of both countries have announced in a joint statement that Bangui and N’Djamena “underline the urgency of investigating the circumstances of the attack” and have committed themselves to an “international, independent and impartial” commission of inquiry, according to the Central African portal Corbeau News.
This commission will be made up of “traditional partners” from both countries, referring to the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC), as the Chadian news portal Alwihda has put together.
The statement was released after a delegation from the Central African government, made up of ministers for foreign affairs, defense and homeland security, traveled to Chad following complaints from the neighboring country about the death of its military in the incident.
On Monday, Chad denounced the deaths of six soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint by “heavily armed” attackers. The incident resulted in one death and the arrest and subsequent execution of another five soldiers in Central African territory.
Chadian Foreign Minister Cherif Mahamat Zene said it was “a war crime of extreme gravity” adding that it was an “act of intent, planned and executed in Chad”. “Only the RCA government knows why, but it will not go unpunished,” he concluded.
Security sources cited by Corbeau News later confirmed a confrontation in the region, blaming Chadian military and Russian mercenaries who assisted the RCA army in its offensive against the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebels.
In response, the RCA State Department pointed to the CCP rebels as responsible for the incident and proposed the establishment of a joint investigative commission in addition to betting on “working with Chad to maintain peace and security” in the border region.