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Chad: Sudan

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the accord signed between the Governments of Chad and Sudan at the Dakar summit on 14 March; and if he will make a statement. (196910)

The Dakar Accord was signed by the Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno and the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir in Senegal on 13 March 2008. It commits the two countries to reconciling their differences, normalising relations and contributing to stability in the region. The Government welcome the signing of this agreement. We will make clear to both Chad and Sudan that we expect them to abide by the terms of this agreement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department (a) offered and (b) provided to the Government of Senegal in reaching the Dakar agreement between the Governments of Chad and Sudan; and if he will make a statement. (196911)

The Dakar Accord between Chad and Sudan was an initiative of President Wade of Senegal. The Government were not asked for any assistance in facilitating the agreement.

We welcome the Dakar Accord and will make clear to both Chad and Sudan that we expect them to abide by the terms of this agreement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of peace accords reached between the Governments of Sudan and Chad in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (196912)

There have been several peace accords between Chad and Sudan in the last five years. The most notable of these are the Tripoli Agreement of 8 February 2006, the Khartoum Agreement of 28 August 2006, the Cannes Declaration of 15 February 2007 and the Riyadh Agreement of 3 May 2007. These agreements have not been respected by the Governments of Chad and Sudan.

The Government welcome the new Dakar Accord, signed on 13 March 2008 by President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad and President Omar Hassan Bashir of Sudan. We will make clear to both Chad and Sudan that we expect them to abide by the terms of this agreement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of relations between Sudan and Chad; and if he will make a statement. (196920)

Tensions between Chad and Sudan remain high following the cross-border fighting in January 2008 and the Chadian rebel incursions into N’Djamena on 2 February 2008. The Dakar Accord, signed in Senegal on 13 March 2008, commits both sides to reconciling their differences, normalising relations and contributing to stability in the region. We will make clear to both Chad and Sudan that we expect them to abide by the terms of this agreement.