Sudan, Chad, CAR leaders to meet at summit

15th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

CANNES, France, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - Chad said on Wednesday that it did not want a mini-summit with Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) to take place on the sidelines of the France-Africa summit on Thursday.

CANNES, France, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - Chad said on Wednesday that it did not want a mini-summit with Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) to take place on the sidelines of the France-Africa summit on Thursday.

 Foreign minister Ahmat Allam-Mi, whose country accuses Sudan of backing rebels which carry out cross-border attacks, said such a meeting would be "inopportune and pointless". However he did not formally rule out that Chad would take part if the meeting went ahead.

Earlier French President Jacques Chirac had said a meeting between leaders of the three countries would probably take place on Thursday afternoon.

Relations between the three countries have deteriorated since fighting in Sudan's western Darfur region that started in 2003 spilled over into eastern Chad and northeastern Central African Republic.

The Darfur conflict erupted when ethnic minority rebels launched an uprising, which was fiercely repressed by Sudanese government troops and allied militias.

Khartoum has rejected allegations it is backing cross-border attacks by Chadian and CAR insurgents and in turn accuses Chad and the CAR of supporting rebels in Darfur.

The UN last month sent a mission to Chad and the CAR to assess prospects for deploying a robust UN force to protect civilians caught in the spillover from the Darfur conflict.

The France-Africa summit is taking place from Wednesday to Friday.

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