Home | News    Monday 7 April 2014

Chadian president meets Darfur rebels in Paris

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 5, 2014 (PARIS) – Chadian president Idriss Deby met with the chairman of Justice and Equality Movement Gibril Ibrahim in Paris on Saturday to discuss peace in Darfur, announced the group in a statement released on Sunday.

JPEG - 16 kb
Chadian president Idriss Deby talks to the press before attending the second day of the fourth EU-Africa summit on 3 April 2014 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels (Photo: AFP/Thierry Charlier)

The meeting which is the official first contact between the two Zaghawa leaders is the first since 2010 when Chad and Sudan signed an agreement ending tensions between the two neighbouring countries and providing to stop support to rebel groups from both sides.

According to JEM spokesperson Gibreel Adam Bilal, Deby told Ibrahim that he wanted to meet him in response to the desire of the Zaghawa tribal leaders, who held two forums in the border town of Um Jaras where they “assured him they are tired from war and want peace”.

Different sources said Deby asked Ibrahim and the leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement faction SLM-MM, Minni Minnawi, who is also a Zaghawa, to meet him in Paris at the end of the fourth EU-Africa Summit which took place in Brussels from 2-3 April .

Minnawi did not release a statement about the meeting, but it was reported that he too is in Paris to meet with the president Deby separately.

Gibril Ibrhaim told Sudan Tribune after the meeting that he repeated the demand of the rebel alliance Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) for an inclusive process to achieve a comprehensive solution to the different armed conflicts in the country.

“We said it is not a matter of tribe or a region but the whole Sudan. We do not want partial agreements, but a solution negotiated with all the SRF members to achieve a genuine peace and democratic change in Sudan,” Ibrahim said.

The JEM leader said that Deby had told him he intended to brief him on the outcome of the Um Jaras forum, and pledged to report what he heard in Paris to Darfur tribal leaders who had commissioned him to hold the meeting.

When asked if they intend to meet again, Ibrahim said they did not speak about such thing but expressed readiness to meet again if needed.

Sudan’s state news agency SUNA reported from Khartoum that the JEM leader had been informed during the meeting of the demand of Darfur people for peace in the region .

The SRF issued on Friday a statement claiming that new Chadian troops have been recently deployed in North Darfur to take part in the counterinsurgency campaign launched there after a series of attacks by the SLM-MM.

The rebel groups are members of the SRF allianceand have demanded that the Sudanese government engage in negotiations for a comprehensive humanitarian cessation of hostilities agreement with them before an inclusive meeting brokered by international mediators to discuss political matters.

The ruling National Congress Party, which seeks to organise a national dialogue with political forces ahead of the general elections in 2015, proposes that rebel groups join the process after signing separate peace agreements to end armed conflicts in the Darfur region, as well as South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

(ST)

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


National dialogue building nation 2017-05-22 21:10:41 By Amb. Dhano Obongo Initially, I congratulate and commend H.E the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, for recognising the need for a national dialogue among 64 (...)

The raging just revolution in Darfur will continue burning until victory 2017-05-22 21:04:22 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Author Mahmoud Yusuf says that we live in a historical stage full of serious events that will affect the future of mankind on this planet, including what is related to (...)

South Sudan: How culture of revenge inhibits development and progress 2017-05-13 08:09:39 By Steve Paterno Admittedly, revenge or the act of it is inherently human in nature. The human beings since biblical times could not dissuade from the proverbial practice of an 'eye for an eye.' (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


HRW denounces "collective punishment" in South Sudan’s Wau 2017-04-15 07:06:48 Human Right Watch South Sudan: New Spate of Ethnic Killings Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau (Nairobi, April 14, 2017) – Government soldiers and allied militias (...)

Statement by South Sudanese Communist Party on the National Dialoguel 2017-03-22 05:44:42 The Communist Party of South Sudan On the Initiative of the National Dialogue The initiative taken by the President of the Republic of South Sudan declaring a need for a national dialogue is an (...)

An Appeal to President of the Republic of South Sudan 2017-03-15 07:22:45 Dear. Mr. President, I write to appeal to you for the release of political detainees now in the custody of the National Security Service at Jebel and other detention facilities. In doing this, I (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.