Chad Rebels Agree To Participation In Peace Talks With Doha Mediation
Qatar–Ahead of the national dialogue, Chad’s transitional authorities and rebel groups have finally decided to sign a peace agreement in Doha, Qatar. Dialogue will start later this month.
It is worth noting that the signing in ceremony did not have the main opposition party present. According to a formal statement made at Doha, under the terms of the deal in Doha, those who signed have agreed to a cease-fire ahead of the Aug. 20 talks planned in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena. Chad’s junta also agreed to “not take any military or police operations against the signing groups” in neighboring countries.
The agreement also included the participation in a national, inclusive dialogue. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, speaking at the signing, called on groups that had not signed to join the agreement.
The rebel story in Chad started after having endured governance of almost three decades that lead to frustration amongst Chadians and therefore eruption of different rebel groups. It has taken five months of negotiations along with Qatar in the helm to get peace talks going between the various 40 opposition parties.
A 30-year rule by Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, the son of his dictatorial father known as Idriss Deby Itno, had led to years of resentment and oppression in this former French colony that borders Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Libya, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan. Unrest in those surrounding countries have seen Chadian rebel forces hide across the border.
As talks are to resume from August 20, after hiccup in June, the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), the main rebel group, has said it would not sign the deal despite last-minute efforts by Qatar’s mediators. Forty-two of the 47 groups who remained at the end of the mediation signed the accord to start national talks.
Rebels have called for Deby to declare he would not run in any coming elections, though the military junta has insisted that can only be decided in the national dialogue talks. The pledge signed Monday in Qatar do not include any prohibition on Deby running in any coming vote.