Where are the discussions between the rebels and the Chadian authorities about their participation in the dialogue? This was the subject of a press conference organized on Friday 2 October in Ndjamena by the Special Technical Committee on the participation of those commonly referred to as “political-military” in the national dialogue. Goukouni Weddey appealed to the leaders of the political-military groups, urging them to take part in “Chad’s Common History”.
as reported from Ndjamena, Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula
It’s a scene that Goukouni Weddeye, mythical white turban on his head. The former president, who heads this technical committee, wanted to reassure: “Contacts have been made with both. No political-military has been ruled out. ”
Asked about the existence of contacts with UFR and FACT, Goukouni Weddeye replied: “As for the initial contacts, we can not reveal everything.”
These contacts are kept secret because the stakes are high. A member of the committee explains that the dialogue will only be inclusive if the rebels participate. Participation is still largely hypothetical for UFR and the fact that sets conditions. For them, the dialogue must primarily be kept out of Chad for security reasons, they say.
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For Goukouni Weddeye, the most important thing is to get started first discussions. “We have to talk. It is from there that we will know what to accept and what not to accept. But for the moment, we must engage them in new discussions.”
The former president said three delegations from the committee would travel to Qatar, Egypt and France to meet with rebel group leaders.
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