President Idris Deby of Chad advocated for the relocation of the Secretariat of the Community of Sahel – Saharan States; CEN-SAD away from Libya.

The Chadian leader made the call at the extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Governments of CEN-SAD at N’Djamena, Chad.

CEN-SAD, which created following the Treaty of Tripoli on February 4th, 1998 with six founding members. Nigeria joined the current 29-member regional economic community in 2001.

The regional body seeks mainly to create a free trade area in Africa, as well as strengthen peace, security and stability, and achieve global economic and social development of its members.

Deby noted with concern the state of insecurity in Libya, saying that former Secretary General of the body had worked under harrowing conditions on the heels of the situation in Libya. He therefore stressed that, with the degeneration of the security situation in Libya there was the need to look for an alternative secretariat for CEN-SAD outside Libya.