Home | News    Monday 25 December 2006

Chad president and rebel leader sign peace accord

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Dec 24, 2006 (RABAT) — Chad’s president and the leader of a rebel faction that tried to oust him earlier this year signed a peace accord in Libya late on Sunday, but other Chadian insurgents dismissed the deal and vowed to fight on.

JPEG - 8 kb
Idriss Deby meets Mahamat Nour, who heads the United Front for Change (FUC), on 17 December 2006 in Guerada, north-eastern Chad. (AFP)

Several rebel groups bent on overthrowing President Idriss Deby have been fighting a low-intensity war in the desert, mountains and scrub of eastern Chad, occasionally striking further west.

"Our movement was in a great struggle," rebel military chief Mahamat Nour Abdelkerim said at the signing ceremony in Tripoli, as Deby and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi looked on.

"Our people suffered...but now we must speed national reconciliation and bring peace to our country."

Nour, whose forces raided the Chadian capital N’Djamena in April, called on the other rebel groups to sign the peace agreement and join the Chadian government.

"This is a great day for us," said Deby. "Today we made a step forward on the path towards peace in Chad."

Deby has accused Sudan of backing and arming the rebels fighting to end his 16-year-old rule as well as Arab Janjaweed militia raiders from over the border, accusations that Khartoum denies.

The Tripoli talks were the initiative of Gaddafi, who has been pressing Chad and Sudan to settle their differences as part of international efforts to bring peace to Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

Deby met Nour last weekend and discussed the possibility of the former army captain returning to the government side.

However, other rebels groups said Nour was an isolated figure and dismissed the reconciliation as a non-event.

The rebel alliance still under arms includes the Union of Forces for Democracy and Development (UFDD), the Rally of Democratic Forces (RAFD), and the Platform for Change, National Unity and Democracy (SCUD).

Makaila Nguebla, a spokesman in Dakar for the National Rally for Democracy (RND), another of the groups in the rebel alliance, said on Sunday the insurgents would fight on.

"For us this changes nothing. We’re not interested in any mediation by Gaddafi, or by France, or by anyone. We are going to continue to fight this regime," he told Reuters by telephone.

(Reuters)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Why TROIKA can assassinate Gen. Malong 2017-01-24 20:12:15 By Simon Yel Yel Today the subject of my pen which Western sympathizers may call it vitriol is the inscrutable TROIKA. I have written before about it and I am still continuing until TRIOKA stop (...)

Sudan’s interest in South Sudanese peace 2017-01-23 10:15:06 By Rashid Abdi Sudan and South Sudan’s relationship is of vital importance to resolving conflicts in both countries. Khartoum, and other countries in the region, clearly benefit from a stable (...)

South Sudan: Strategic choice between bribery and right to self-determination for Saharawi people 2017-01-22 22:03:05 By Beny Gideon Mabor, Esq Western Sahara known as Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was Spanish protectorate in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It is situated north of Kingdom of (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Abduction of S. Sudan Chief Justice’s aide illegal, should be condemned 2017-01-16 05:27:50 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16th January 2015 Legal Watch Associates South Sudan has learned with shock and dismay the abduction of Mr Gama Thomas, an aide to the Chief Justice, Chan Reech Madut. (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)

Nertiti massacre in Central Darfur exposes the criminal nature of Bashir’s regime 2017-01-03 11:54:47 Sudan Democracy First Group Nirtiti massacre in Central Darfur exposes the criminal nature of Bashir's regime 2 January 2017 On the first day of 2016, and only one day after President Bashir's (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.