The Chad News Archive
Talks to Open on UN Peacekeeping Mission to Chad
- AFP (3/22/10)
N'DJAMENA — Talks were due to start on Wednesday between a UN delegation and the Chadian authorities on the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), an official said Tuesday.
Head of the UN delegation Tunisian Youssef Mahmoud, who arrived in the Chadian capital on Monday evening, on Tuesday briefly met General Oki Dagache, special representative of Chad's president Idriss Deby Itno at the UN mission, said the official who asked not to be named.
It's a "courtesy visit to general Oki Dagache. The two parties will have discussions starting on Wednesday," added the official.
Deby's government, which wants the UN troops and police to withdraw rapidly, considers that MINURCAT has served its purpose and gone so far as to call it "a failure."
MINURCAT's mandate was renewed until May 15 by the UN Security Council this month to allow time for talks on the future of the force, which is tasked with protecting scores of thousands of displaced people and refugees and with facilitating aid work.
The mission was created in 2007 to take over from a European force, EUFOR, that looked after Chadians and Central Africans displaced by insurgency in their own countries and refugees from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, across the eastern border of Chad and the northeastern border of the CAR.
The UN and other organisations have expressed reservations at the idea of a possible withdrawal of the military component of MINURCAT fearing for the safety of those displaced.
The force included about 2,510 troops, 260 police, and 975 civilian personnel, according to its UN website as of last December.
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