On a surprise visit to Khartoum Chad’s President Idriss Deby has met with Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for a joint announcement by the two men that they will end support for their proxy wars against each other.
Each has encouraged rebels fighting the other’s government.
“Our two states have turned the page on our differences and disputes, and from today our common battle is the realisation of peace, security, and stability for the affluence of our people,” said Bashir.
The announcement brought cheering crowds onto the streets Chad’s capital, N’Djamena.
“From here I send an urgent appeal to my brothers in different Darfur factions to stop hostilities immediately,” promised Deby.
The leaders also agreed to rebuild their border areas with joint development projects and set up a joint border control force. Darfur has borne the brunt of the countries’ dispute. The UN estimates 300,000 people have died there since 2003.
Deby faces April parliamentary elections, and has invited Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, to visit his capital in the next few days.