Chad warns Sudan's air force

Chad's foreign minister tells the Sudanese military to stay out of Chad's territory.

    Chad's foreign minister says Sudanese aircraft
    flew over Chadian army positions [AFP]
    Allam-Mi told Reuters: "The Sudanese air force began yesterday to fly over the positions of the Chadian army. I summoned the Sudanese ambassador in Chad this morning to raise a strong protest and I said that Chad would take all the necessary measures."
     
    Chad also accused Khartoum of supporting rebels who are fighting a low intensity war in eastern Chad to oust Idriss Deby, the Chadian president.
     
    Counter-claim
     
    Sudan has, however, denied the claims and said that troops from Chad had in fact crossed into Sudan.
     
    But the Chadian minister rejected Sudan's accusations, calling them propaganda. Allam-Mi said: "This is a pretext to continue to attack our country.
     
    Sudan is reassembling and rearming its mercenaries, as the attack against Ounianga Kebir demonstrates."
     
    The anti-Deby rebel Union of Forces for Democracy and Development (UFDD) occupied the remote northeastern town of Ounianga Kebir early on Saturday morning.
     
    Instability
     
    Violence in the east of oil-producing Chad has been fuelled by instability and ethnic killings spreading across the border from the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan.
     
    The latest foray by the rebels appeared to be a hit-and-run raid typical of their long-running insurgency.
     
    A rebellion and related conflict in Darfur has killed some 200,000 people since 2003.
     
    Deby, a former fighter pilot, seized power in a 1990 uprising in eastern Chad and was re-elected to a fresh term in May in elections boycotted by the opposition.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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