On Monday, Chad’s transitional government and rebel groups signed a peace deal in Doha ahead of a larger national reconciliation discussion later this month.

More than 30 rebel factions attended the signing ceremony for the deal, which included the parties pledging to participate in a national, inclusive conversation, which followed months of talks in Qatar’s capital.

Details, such as how the agreement will be implemented and enforced, were not immediately revealed.

The interim military government’s foreign minister, Mahamat Zene Cherif, told reporters that he thought the deal would lead to long-term peace in Chad, and that 1,500 representatives would attend the national dialogue on August 20.

The national discussion is intended to bring together a diverse spectrum of individuals and parties, as well as the government and the insurgents.

“The majority of armed factions signed this agreement and would participate in the national discourse. And this national, inclusive debate serves as a forum for all Chadians “He dismissed concerns that not all parties had signed on to the agreement.

On Sunday, the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), a Libya-based rebel organization that threatened to march on the capital last year, rejected the Doha agreement.

According to FACT, the agreement failed to sufficiently examine its requests, which included the release of captives kidnapped during the conflict. The organization stated that it was open to additional dialogue.

According to a source acquainted with the accord, those who signed pledged to a permanent truce and work toward civilian disarmament.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Chad’s temporary military administration also agreed not to begin military or police operations in neighboring countries against groups that had signed up to the accord.

The temporary military government is led by Mahamat Idriss Deby, who seized power last year following the killing of his father, for which FACT claimed responsibility.

After his father, longstanding ruler Idriss Deby, was killed while visiting forces battling the rebel rebellion in the north, Deby declared himself leader of a Transitional Military Council in April 2021.

His council first stated that it would oversee an 18-month transition to democratic administration, but as that date approaches, it has showed little sign of organizing elections.

Speaking at the signing, Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, urged groups that had not joined to do so.

The negotiations were sponsored by Qatar, a wealthy Gulf state and US ally.

Source: Reuters

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