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Leaders of three African states renew peace pledge

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Leaders of three African states renew peace pledge


Leaders from three African nations have agreed not to support rebels in each other’s territories in a deal reiterating earlier pledges. Cross-border attacks in Chad, Sudan and the Central African Republic have left thousands dead and many more displaced.

Violence in Sudan’s Darfur province has spilled over into the neighbouring states, which accuse Khartoum of supporting rebels in their territories. The agreement was made at a conference of African and European leaders in the French resort of Cannes.

But some delegates have complained the statement offers nothing new and that the same promises have been broken in the past. The African Union said the three states may later accept a new proposal that a joint AU and UN force police the borders between them.

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