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Sudan: Chad

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Chadian involvement in Darfur; and what representations he has made to President Deby on this issue. (201385)

We are aware of reports that both Sudan and Chad continue to support each other’s rebel groups. The Government, together with the UN, the EU and the African Union, have urged both sides to cease all support for armed groups in the region, commit to a peace process and abide by previous ceasefire agreements.

The Dakar Accord, signed in Senegal on 13 March 2008, commits Chad and Sudan to reconciling their differences, normalising relations and contributing to stability in the region. We have made clear to both parties that we expect them to abide by the terms of this agreement.

We regularly raise the issue of Darfur in our bilateral contacts. Staff from our high commission in Yaoundé, accredited to Chad, raised Darfur with the Chadian Deputy Foreign Minister on 9 April 2008.