JEM rebels openly driving through Oure Cassoni camp in Chad for Darfur refugees
Source: BBC News Tuesday, 07 July 2009
Sudan rebels 'use Chad's camps'
JEM dismisses a report by the BBC that their troops are moving around refugee camps in NE Chad
From Sudan Radio Service Tuesday, 07 July 2009:
(London) – The Darfur anti-government group, the Justice and Equality Movement, has dismissed a report by the BBC that their troops are moving around refugee camps in north-eastern Chad.
The report said that a BBC investigation discovered that JEM fighters have been seen - armed and unchallenged - in Oure Cassoni, a refugee camp in north-eastern Chad.
JEM has described the report as baseless.
A senior JEM official, Dr El-Tahir el-Fakie, spoke to Sudan Radio Service from London on Tuesday.
[El-Tahir El-Fakie]:” JEM is completely responsible and respects international law and the situation of the IDPs and the refugees. This report is nonsense and baseless.
First of all, the refugees are in Chad, JEM has no presence in Chad, they are inside Sudan. JEM has a presence in Sudanese territory around Umbaru, Furawiya, and Kornoi, so JEM does not need to go to the refugee camps and enter Chad, so this is baseless talk.
They are saying the same thing now that was said before, a month ago, the ICRC contacted us, asking about some people who had entered the camps and abducted some refugees, but it appeared that those people had no link with JEM. It could be some other parties, but JEM has nothing to do with this issue.”
Dr El-Tahir el-Fakie was speaking to Sudan Radio Service on Tuesday from London.