RESUME DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
August 9, 2006
N'DJAMENA, Chad - Chad and Sudan
have reopened their borders and resumed diplomatic relations that they severed in a dispute four months ago, Chad's government spokesman has said.
President Idriss Deby and
his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir, made the decision late Tuesday to re-establish all ties, said Hourmadji Moussa Doumgor,
the government spokesman.
Chad has accused Sudan
of involvement in a rebellion in eastern Chad.
Sudan has in turn accused Chad
of harboring Sudanese rebels fighting in its Darfur region, which borders Chad.
Observers have long feared the war in Darfur could destabilize the entire region.
The Arab League welcomed
Chad and Sudan's
decision to resume diplomatic relations, saying in a statement Wednesday it would "help to restore security and stability
in this important region."