Nineteen people were killed in fighting between herders and farmers in southern Chad earlier this month, according to a new toll released on Tuesday by the local prosecutor’s office.
After two years of pandemic restrictions and video addresses, the annual summit is returning in person on Tuesday, with the UN again asking leaders to come in person if they wish to speak — with the sole exception made for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“As for Russia, we will not deviate from our sovereign course,” the Russian leader said in televised remarks Tuesday.
He said that Russia as a permanent member of the Security Council would work towards unity, help tackle global problems and “contribute to the settlement of acute regional conflicts”.
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, will address the General Assembly this year.
Tensions between the semi-nomadic Arab herders and sedentary farming folk frequently arise in central and southern Chad, where many inhabitants are armed.
“Nineteen people were killed, 22 injured and 18 arrested,” Lamane Nguessangar, public prosecutor at the court of appeal in Sahr, capital of Moyen-Chari province, told AFP by telephone.
Trouble often occurs when farmers accuse the herders of allowing their animals to eat or trample on their crops in one of the most fertile parts of the country.
Putin, during a televised meeting with newly appointed foreign ambassadors in Moscow, cautioned that global development was being hindered by the role of the United States abroad.
“Unfortunately, the development of a multipolar world is meeting resistance from those who are trying to retain their role as hegemon and control everything in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa,” he said in an opaque reference to the West and the United States.
“This hegemon has been doing quite well for quite a long time, but it cannot go on like this forever, it is impossible,” the Russian leader said.
The first day of the General Assembly will feature French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the leaders of the two largest economies of the European Union, which has mobilised to impose tough sanctions over what Russia calls its special military operation in Ukraine.