Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Iraq's Christians - Nowhere to Run? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Iraq's Christians - Nowhere to Run?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Towards a "Third Intifada"?

Read more

FOCUS

What solutions for California's overcrowded prisons?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza conflict: Palestinians mark sombre Eid

Read more

WEB NEWS

Celebrities in the Israel-Gaza crossfire

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Israeli strike takes out Gaza power station

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French newspaper apologises for Sarkozy story

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Last-ditch talks aim to avert Argentina default

Read more

  • Deadly strike hits Gaza market despite four-hour 'truce'

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

  • Argentina fails to reach deal with holdout creditors

    Read more

  • US House votes to sue Obama for over-reaching his powers

    Read more

  • Suspect in Jewish Museum attack charged with 'terrorist' murder

    Read more

  • Women should not laugh in public, Turkey's deputy PM says

    Read more

  • Fourth female suicide bomber targets Nigerian city

    Read more

  • US rebounds to 4% growth in second quarter

    Read more

  • Video: Coping with rocket attacks in Israel’s Sderot

    Read more

  • Rats on the rampage at Louvre museum gardens

    Read more

  • France evacuates nationals, closes embassy in Libya

    Read more

  • 'Compelling' signs Kosovo leaders trafficked organs, prosecutor says

    Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as fire rages on

    Read more

Africa

Two days after peace deal, Chad says Sudan launched attack

Video by Olivia SALAZAR-WINSPEAR , Louise DUPONT

Latest update : 2009-05-06

Chad has accused Sudan of launching a military incursion into its territory, just two days after the two countries signed a reconciliation agreement in the Qatari capital, Doha. Sudan denies the allegations.

AFP - Chad accused Sudan on Tuesday of launching a military assault on its territory, two days after the neighbours signed a reconciliation agreement in the Qatari capital Doha.
   
Government spokesman Mahamat Hissene announced on state radio that Sudan had reneged on the deal and sent "several armoured columns" to attack Chad.
   
"While the ink has yet to dry on the Doha accord, the Khartoum regime has just launched several armoured columns against our country," said Hissene, who is also communications minister.
   
He accused Khartoum of a "planned aggression" but did not say whether Sudan's forces had entered Chad's territory or if they had stopped at the border.
   
Sudan immediately denied the accusations. Army spokesman Osman al-Agbash told AFP: "What is happening now inside Chad is between the Chadian army and the Chadian rebels," saying Sudan had nothing to do with it.
   
There was no immediate reports of fighting.
   
Chad has accused Sudan of supporting rebels seeking to oust President Idriss Deby Itno, while Khartoum has accused Ndjamena of backing ethnic rebels in the restive western Sudanese province of Darfur.
   
However, at the conclusion of talks in Doha on Sunday, the two countries struck a deal to end hostilities and arrange a summit between their leaders in a move seen as vital for peace-making efforts in Sudan's western province of Darfur.
   
Diplomats have been keen to secure a thaw in relations between Khartoum and Ndjamena, regarding it as essential to any lasting settlement to the six-year-old uprising in the western Sudanese region of Darfur that has spilled over into Chad and the Central African Republic.
   
Sunday's talks were brokered by Qatar and Libya, whose officials have been been leading reconciliation efforts between Chad and Sudan after they restored diplomatic ties in November following the latest six-month rupture between the neighbours.
   
Chad had previously frozen its ties with Sudan for four months after an earlier rebel attack it said had been carried out with its neighbour's backing.
   
As part of the new agreement, Sudan and Chad have undertaken to implement previous deals on border controls to block the transit of Chadian rebels from Sudan and Sudanese rebels from Chad, Qatari officials said.
   
But that deal appeared to have given way to fighting talk on Tuesday.
   
"The ever-vigilant defence and security forces will acquit themselves valiantly in their patriotic duty," Hissene told state radio.
   
"In signing the Doha accord, the Khartoum regime has acted with the same duplicity it showed towards preceding accords," Hissene said, adding that Sudan had "changed neither its intentions nor its strategy".
   
The main Chadian rebel alliance -- the Union of Forces of the Resistance (UFR) -- continues to operate from rear-bases in Sudan and has vowed to launch a new offensive against Ndjamena like the one in February 2008 that almost toppled Deby's regime.
   
The UFR called on France and "friendly countries" on Monday to maintain "strict neutrality in the internal conflict in Chad which does not concern them," in a statement released in Libreville. The rebels blame French peacekeepers for helping Deby push back last year's assault on Ndjamena.
 

Date created : 2009-05-05

COMMENT(S)