SUDAN WATCH: Chad president lacks confidence in AU

Monday, May 11, 2009

Chad president lacks confidence in AU

By (AP) Saturday, 09 May 2009 N'DJAMENA, Chad:
Chad president lacks confidence in AU
Chad's president says his government lacks confidence in the African Union, the first time the body's authority is being questioned by a member state.

Idriss Deby says Chad is considering withdrawing its confidence in the pan-African body and accepting only the United Nations' help to resolve its dispute with Sudan. He was speaking to Chad's political leaders Saturday.

Chad and Sudan have traded accusations of supporting each other's rebel groups.

Deby also says Chad will reevaluate its relations with Sudan.

The neighbors just signed a deal to normalize relations the previous weekend. But since then Chad's army has fought rebels in the country's east. The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned the attacks, saying they came from outside the country.

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