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Chadian President AU-UN mediator discuss Darfur peace process


January 14, 2010 (NDJAMENA) – The Chadian president Idriss Deby and the joint AU-UN mediator, Djibril Bassolé Wednesday discussed the ongoing efforts to end the seven year conflict in Darfur province.

President Deby shakes hands with the AU-UN joint mediator for Darfur peace process On Wednesday 13, 2010 (photo Chadian presidency)Bassolé who is visiting Chad nowadays briefed the Chadian President on the latest developments before the start of the peace talks between the government and rebel groups in Doha on January 24. Also a consultative meeting between the rebels and the civil society representatives is scheduled for January 18.

The President Deby expressed his support to the Doha peace process and stressed that his government would conjugate its efforts with Khartoum and the mediation in order to boost the peace process.

Sudan and Chad agreed to deploy observers along the joint border between the two countries a joint technical committee comprising security and military officials from the two sides agreed on the number of observation posts and the date of troop deployment.

Previously, the two countries agreed to hold the technical committee on January 7, and to deploy border patrols on January 21.

The joint mediator praised the normalization process engaged between Chad and Sudan stressing that this move would positively impact the Doha peace talks, said the Chadian presidency in a statement issued on Wednesday evening.

The Sudanese Presidential Adviser Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Attabani is expected to arrive in Ndjamena on Friday for the second time within a week.

On January 8, during a meeting with Attabani, Chad asked Sudan to disarm the Chadian rebels and remove them from Darfur, informed sources told Sudan Tribune earlier this week. Sudan sought to have guarantees that Darfur rebels would not have

The return of the Sudanese official to Ndjamena within a week indicates progress in the rapprochement engaged by the two countries, observers say.

The presence of rebel groups in both countries was for four years the main cause of deterioration of solid relations between the presidents Bashir and Deby.


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