Sunday, December 14, 2003

Chad: an end to a five-year rebellion

The Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad (MDJT) has been fighting a "low-level guerrilla war" against President Idriss Deby in northern Chad since 1998.

The deal was signed today in Burkina Faso where the leader of the MDJT, General Adoum Togoi Abbo, has been living in exile for three years. Aduramane Moussa, the Minister for Security and Immigration, signed for the government.

And as for the deal ...
It provides for an immediate ceasefire, an amnesty for MDJT fighters and supporters, and the appointment of an undisclosed number of MDJT ministers in the Chadian government. The two sides also undertook to silence hostile propaganda against each other in the media.

The peace agreement said that within four days, the MDJT would be converted into a legal political party and within three months its fighters would be incorporated into the national army.