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Chad opposes deployment of int'l troops in borders with Sudan

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CAIRO, Jun 12, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Visiting Chadian President Idriss Deby on Tuesday said pressures are being practiced on his country to accept the deployment of international forces on borders with Sudan, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

At a meeting here with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, Deby expressed his rejection of the presence of foreign troops at the borders of Chad and underlined the importance of helping Sudan settle the Darfur crisis through peaceful means, said the report.

Chad is a poor country, Deby said, adding that it could not stand for long international pressures on forces deployment and opening a safe route for humanitarian assistance to the inhabitants of Darfur, where the situation is deteriorating.

Deby pointed out that the Chadian-Sudanese relations had improved after the peace agreements in Libya and meetings in France and Riyadh.

For his part, Moussa said his talks with the Chadian president took up the situation in the war-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur, Somalia and the Comoros along with means of boosting Afro- Arab cooperation.

Earlier on Thursday, Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol expressed his satisfaction that relations between Sudan and Chad had reached such a level that mutual visits were paid by officials to finalize their talks on the normalization of ties between them.