Disorder Trails Chadian Peace Talks In Doha

CCMSR president, Rachid M Tahir Saleh, in a press statement on Sunday, said his movement had suspended its participation in the pre-dialogue for peace in Chad currently taking place in Doha.

The Military Command for the Salvation of the Republic (CCMSR) who is one of the major parties taking part in the Chadian pre-dialogue talks taking place in the Qatari capital, Doha, has been plunged into disarray as two factions have emerged, with one calling for its suspension from participation in the dialogue and the other calling for continued participation.

CCMSR president, Rachid M Tahir Saleh, in a press statement on Sunday, said his movement had suspended its participation in the pre-dialogue for peace in Chad currently taking place in Doha and accused the government of “taking actions which leave the impression of a hidden agenda animated by bad intentions.”

On the other hand, the spokesperson of the CCMSR, Gassim Cherif, declared that the movement would continue participating in the pre-dialogue saying that “this is not time for procrastination and empty chair politics. It is premature at this stage to quit the negotiation table”.

With the confusion going on within the CCMSR, the Rome Group, which is involved in the organisation of the pre-dialogue for peace in Chad has decided to withdraw the signature of the CCMSR from the pre-dialogue agreement setting out conditions for participation by politico-military groups and allies in the Chadian Inclusive National Dialogue that was transmitted in the name of 20 members who constituted the group to the Qatar state authorities.

“It is sad to note today that the leaders of CCMSR are involved in disagreements which do not bring honour to them, above all at a time when all the politico-military movements are sitting round the same table within the context of the search for peace”, one militant of the movement who opted for anonymity declared in N’Djamena on Monday morning. 

“Why must the CCMSR wash its dirty linen in public only at this point in time when the rattling of arms must make way for songs of peace with the holding of the pre-dialogue and National Inclusive Dialogue?”, another militant added.

“The talks in Doha are supposed to be an opportunity for all politico-military actors of Chad to give our country a chance to turn over a new leaf from years of devastating fratricidal conflicts. Those who do not subscribe to this logic would carry the responsibility before history tomorrow”, added yet another Chadian.

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