Chad: Peacekeepers Refused

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March 13, 2007: The government has reached a stalemate with the rebels on the Sudan border, but at the cost of security in the area. Bandits and rebels continue to loot and steal. UN aid convoys and warehouses are popular targets, and the government cannot guard all of them. Food rations for refugees have been cut, and will continue to decline as the stealing increases.

March 9, 2007: The growing violence in the Central African Republic has caused over 50,000 refugees from the country to move into southern Chad.

March 6, 2007: The government has now changed its mind on peacekeepers, and will not even allow the advance team (about a hundred UN personnel) to come in and prepare the way for a larger peacekeeping force. Apparently the Chad president feared UN peacekeepers would force him to make an unfavorable peace deal with the rebels operating along the Sudan border.

March 5, 2007: In the Central African Republic, rebel forces attacked French troops, but were repulsed, and then attacked by French warplanes. In Chad, the rebel group FUC made peace with the government, and three FUC leaders became government officials. The new Minister of Defense is the former head of the FUC. This is the way things usually work in Chad.

 

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