Chad: We Love War Criminals


August 6, 2010: With foreign peacekeepers rapidly disappearing from eastern Chad, the government is hoping that its new security deal with Sudan, will greatly reduce raids by Chad rebel groups from bases in Sudan. But many of those rebels are moving back to Chad, where local soldiers and police are not likely to be able to deal with the new threat.

July 29, 2010: As a result of recent violence, CAR  (Central African Republic) has cancelled the October 24th elections, and rescheduled them for January 23rd. The elections have already been delayed three times, always because of continued unrest.

July 27, 2010: To deprive rebels of their favorite form of transportation, the government has banned civilians from owning SUVs (large, all-terrain vehicles). From now, only the military, police and selected NGOs, tribal chiefs and diplomats, can operate SUVs, and they must be clearly marked. This new rule is very unpopular among the class of people who can afford SUVs, and will be hard to enforce.

July 21, 2010: Sudanese president Omar al Bashir arrived in Chad for a two day state visit. In preparation for the visit, Sudan forced all three key Chad rebel leaders to seek exile in the Persian Gulf states. Sudan also called for members of these rebel groups to get out of Sudan, but some of these rebels just fled from the Sudanese police. All this was done to assure that Bashir would not be arrested while he is in Chad. Bashir is an indicted war criminal, with an international warrant in force for his arrest. Chad said they would not honor the warrant, because the good will of Sudan was essential for peace in eastern Chad. Sudan, and Bashir, declared this to be a great diplomatic victory for Sudan.

July 19, 2010: In northern CAR (Central African Republic), a Sudan based rebel faction (the MLCJ) attacked a government base and disrupted the peace talks. MLCJ leaders said that the attack was made by a rogue faction that had turned to banditry. The MLCJ attack was repulsed.



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