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Chad detains leaders of Darfur rebel group

Chad said yesterday it had detained and would expel seven leaders of a Darfur rebel group as part of its efforts to improve relations with neighbouring Sudan. Chad’s Foreign Minister Ahmat Allam-mi told Reuters the leaders of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) would be handed to the African Union. JEM did not sign a peace deal for Darfur brokered by the AU and signed in Abuja, Nigeria in May. “We have normalised our relations with Sudan and each party has to live up to its commitments,” Allam-mi said. Chad and Sudan agreed two weeks ago to restore diplomatic relations and reopen their border region, which has been plagued by violence linked to the conflict in Darfur.

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