/ 8 March 2008

Sudan, Chad move towards peace accord

African neighbours Chad and Sudan will sign an agreement to end their long-running conflict in Dakar next week, the Senegalese president said on Friday.

“There will be the signing of a general agreement and an implementation agreement” by the heads of state of Chad and Sudan on March 12, ahead of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference summit, President Abdoulaye Wade said.

“Both protagonists accepted to come to Dakar… for the mini-summit on the problem of Chad to find a definitive solution,” he told reporters after a meeting with his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy.

A Senegalese presidential source said on Thursday that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the current head of the African Union, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, would be present.

The source said Wade’s envoys had been conducting shuttle diplomacy between Ndjamena and Khartoum, whose regimes accuse each other of aiding their respective rebel movements.

Previous accords, sponsored in particular by Libya, have failed to be implemented. — AFP