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Chad accuses Sudanese militia of attack that left dozens dead

Paris/Nairobi (dpa) - Chadian President Idriss Deby has accused Sudanese militiamen of being behind an attack on Thursday that left dozens dead near Chad's eastern border with Sudan.

"We are absolutely certain that the perpetrators were Janjaweed militias, but we still do not know the reasons for the attack,'' he told Radio France International (RFI).

Earlier this week, the Chadian government announced that a group of unidentified men in uniform had crossed into Chad from Sudan killing herdsmen and stealing livestock.

Pro-government Arab militias also known as Janjaweed have been fighting with African rebels in Sudan's western Darfur region for the past two years.

The conflict has forced up to 2 million Sudanese from their homes including more than 200,000 who fled to Chad.

"If the situation in Darfur is not dealt with, we could have a crisis similar to Rwanda or Congo in the Great Lakes,'' Deby added.

Peace talks between the Sudanese rebels and Janjaweed militia are continuing in the Nigerian capital Abuja but so far no agreements have been reached to end the conflict.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Humanitarian Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, threatened to stop aid operations in Darfur if the violence there continues to escalate Wednesday.

Some 11,000 U.N. staff are currently in Darfur assisting up to 2.5 million people displaced by the conflict. dpa ebk sr


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