Chad: Peace agreement hailed nationally, internationally

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ALGIERS- The peace agreement signed, on Monday, between the Chadian authorities and armed groups and movements, which should pave the way for an inclusive national dialogue in N’Djamena, has received a favorable reception at national and international level.

“This August 8 is a historic day for Chad and the Chadians”, declared, in Doha, the president of the Transitional Military Council in Chad, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, welcoming an agreement which, according to him, saved the country from the “demons of war”.

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Chadian acting government, Zein Sharif explained, in a statement to the media in Doha, that the agreement “will lead to a long-lasting peace in Chad” after most of the armed groups have affixed their signatures and affirmed their willingness to participate in the inclusive national dialogue in N’Djamena.

The member of the negotiation committee, the former Chadian Minister of Finance, Mohamed El-Amine Barama Tria, for his part, underlined that the agreement constituted “an important step on the road to peace and national reconciliation in Chad”.

At the international level, Algeria has expressed its satisfaction following the signing of a peace agreement by the Chadian authorities and armed groups, which should pave the way for an inclusive national dialogue in N’Djamena.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad said, in a statement, that Algeria followed “with great satisfaction the signing (Monday), in Doha, by the Chadian authorities and many armed groups and movements, the peace agreement that should pave the way for an inclusive national dialogue in N’Djamena for a long-lasting peace in the Republic of Chad”.

Algeria also hailed the “significant contribution” of the State of Qatar, which hosted and facilitated the talks over the past five months, while calling on “the Chadian actors to make this compromise bear fruit in order to jointly promote the achievement of the objectives of the ongoing transition in terms of stability, development and good governance”.

Algeria, which was present at this event, “expresses the hope that Chad will quickly manage to honor the promises of this agreement”.

For his part, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, declared during his meeting with Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno and representatives of Chadian armed groups and movements that the Doha peace agreement is “a first step which paves the way for a dialogue for a comprehensive national reconciliation in Chad”.

He expressed his “thanks to the government and opposition parties in Chad for their concern for reconciliation and the priority given to the national interest”, calling on all parties in Chad to adhere to this agreement to achieve stability and security in their country.

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki underlined, in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), the great importance of the Doha peace agreement in Chad.

“Today’s signing of the agreement represents an important step on the road to building Chad and establishing peace in the country through inclusive dialogue,” he said.

He also stressed that the African Union “will support the negotiations” which are due to resume between the Chadian parties in N’Djamena on August 20, and will contribute to the efforts for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Chad” which, according to him, “requires the support from the international community.

The arrangement, which notably provides for a “general ceasefire” between the authorities and the signatory groups, is supposed to pave the way for the return to civilian rule. It is “a key moment for the Chadian people and an important step in the history of Chad” as stated by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who spoke in a video released during the official ceremony in Doha.

While thanking the State of Qatar for hosting the pre-Doha dialogue leading to this peace agreement, Mr. Guterres insisted that this dialogue should be “inclusive and representative of the diversity of the political and social landscape of Chad”.

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