Sudan, Chad expect joint forces to achieve stability on bilateral borders

12:58, September 22, 2010      

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With the transference of the command of the joint Sudanese-Chadian forces on Tuesday from the Sudanese side to the Chadian side, the march of these forces entered its second phase at a time when expectations are high that the newly born forces would achieve security and stability along the borderline between the two countries.

Chad would lead the force, which is composed of 3,000 soldiers from both sides, at a phase that the two sides regard as important to achieve the major objective behind deployment of the joint forces which was to provide security and control the joint border which extends for 1,350 kms.

"Today we assume the leadership of these forces and we will work during the coming period of six months to implement the plans and programs stipulated in the additional security protocol signed in January 2010 between Sudan and Chad," Chadian General Bushara Bob, new commander of the joint forces, told reporters here Tuesday.

Bob further expressed desire of the leadership of the joint forces to increase the number of the forces to 4,000 soldiers, provided that each country contributes additional 5,000 soldiers.

"We have eight centers for the deployment of our forces and we have found some gaps at some important areas and so we will work to increase the number of the forces to fill the gaps," he said.

He vowed that the joint forces would firmly deal with all the armed groups which threaten the security and stability in Chad and Sudan, saying that "we will not tolerate any trend seeking to destabilize the joint borders and we will pursue all the rebels and outlaws and hand them to the concerned authorities in the two countries."

Spokesman of the Sudanese Army, Al-Sawarmy Khalid Saad, for his part, told reporters here that Sudan and Chad have managed to surpass the first phase in the implementation of the security protocol on controlling the joint borders.

"The past six months were the first phase and we think they constituted a prove for the success of this experience. We have enough indicators to expect the success of the second phase under the leadership of the Chadian side," he said.

He reiterated determination of the Sudanese leadership to continue supporting the joint forces to accomplish their task, saying that "in addition to their military duty, these forces have played social and developmental roles. There are plans in the coming period concerning providing the villages on the borderline with solar power."

The Sudanese army spokesman further commended the standing coordination and cooperation between the Sudanese and Chadian sides, saying that "no differences were reported between the two sides all during the past six months and all procedures were done under a high level of understanding."

The Chadian General Bushara Bob on Tuesday took over the command of the joint forces from the Sudanese Col. Fathal-Rahman Abdalla Sueliman in an official ceremony held in the Chadian town of Abeche and in the presence of the Chadian Minister of Defense and a representative of the Sudanese Minister of Defense.

Sudan and Chad on February 2010 deployed joint forces on the border between them to curb the activities of the two countries -- armed opposition groups which were active on the borderline between the two sides.

Formation of the joint forces came in implementation of the security protocol signed between Sudan and Chad early 2010. The joint force is composed of 3,000 soldiers, soldiers from each side, beside a police battalion of 360 policemen, equally contributed by the two sides.

Col. Suleiman, Deputy Commander of the joint forces on the part of the Sudanese side, meanwhile, speaking to reporters here Tuesday, said that the joint forces have realized many achievements where they have ended the activities of the opposition groups on the borderline, secured the joint border and reduced banditry and arms and drugs smuggling.

He stressed that the political will on the parts of the two sides has enabled the joint forces to translate their tasks on the ground, saying that the political and military leadership in Chad, top of them the Chadian President Idris Deby, has commended Sudan' s leadership of the joint forces during the past period.

The mandate of the joint forces stipulates prevention of all forms of border infiltrations and smuggling. It also stipulates restoration of looted properties within the borderlines and reporting on the outlaws elements which infiltrate into the depth of the two countries to the joint security committee.

The joint forces patrol to monitor the border and write monthly reports on any incidents or hostile activities on the border of each country according to the political agreement signed in N' djamena in January 2010.

Source: Xinhua


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