Presidents of Sudan, Chad embrace at AU summit

Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Hassan El Beshir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby embraced each other on Saturday in Banjul in the presence of Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi, who brought them together again in his continuous initiatives to smoothen relations between Sudan and Chad.
Analysts believe the embrace between leaders of the neighbouring countries comes at a time when making pressure was being mounted for African peacekeeping troops in Sudan's western Darfur province to be replaced by international forces despite the rejection of that move by Khartoum.
In a declaration last February in Tripoli on the occasion of an African mini-summit to discuss peace between Chad and Sudan, Leader Kadhafi had rejected any foreign military meddling in the African continent's internal affairs.
The Libyan leader had called on African countries to assume their responsibilities and to make sacrifice in order to finance the reserve African force to be stationed on the border between Chad and Sudan.
"We neither need the Atlantic Alliance nor UN peacekeepers because we have our own Blue Helmets," the Libyan leader insisted at the time.

01 july 2006 19:00:00

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