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/ 16 / 2003
rebel faction in north rejects peace deal"
in a rebel movement that has been fighting the government of President
Idriss Deby in northern Chad have disassociated themselves from
a peace accord signed by moderates at the weekend.
hardline wing of the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad
(MDJT)said in statement delivered to the French news agency AFP
in Libreville, Gabon, on Monday that it did not recognised the
peace agreement signed by Adoum Togoi Abbo of the MDJT's moderate
wing in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Sunday.
quoted the statement as saying that Togoi Abbo, who negotiated
the deal in secret, had no legitimity to represent the movement."
hardliners said in a separate statement to AFP that they had killed
30 government troops in a clash in the Tibesti mountains near
the oasis of Wour on Sunday as the peace agreement was being signed.
contacted by telephone the Ministry of Communications and an independent
Chadian journalist in the Chadian capital N'Djamena, but neither
were able to confirm this claim.
Abbo, who had been exiled in Burkina Faso since 2000, and Chad
s Security Minister Abderamane Moussa signed the latest peace
agreement, 23 months after the collapse of a previous deal, negotiated
new peace accord provides for an immediate ceasefire, the conversion
of the MDJT into a legal political party with several ministers
in government and the integration of MDJT fighters into the government
MDJT was created in 1998 by the late Youssouf Togoimi, who formerly
served as Deby s defense minister. It draws most of its support
from the Toubou people of northern Chad and has traditionally
had close links with Libya.
Togoimi died in a Libyan hospital from wounds received in a land
mine explosion in September last year, Togoi Abbo, a former Chadian
ambassador to Tripoli, took over the leadership of the movement.
he remains opposed by hardliners. The journalist in N'Djamena
told IRIN that these mainly live in Europe and are out of touch
with what is really going on inside the country.
The average Chadian doesn t give any credit to those who talk
from abroad , the journalist, who has been following closely the
government's reconciliation with Togoi Abbo's wing of the MDJT,
senior source at the communications Ministry told IRIN that the
hard-liners were a bunch of hagglers.
Chad is one of the world's poorest countries. It has suffered
a series of military coups and uprisings by rebel groups since
the 1960's, as well as war with Libya for the Aouzou Strip in
the 1980s. The contested territory, which is the heartland of
the MDJT, was eventually awarded to Chad by the International
Court of Justice in 1994.