Journalism from the heart of crises

Welcome to the beta version of our site. We'll be working as hard as we can over the next few days to smooth out any glitches. If something looks odd, please let us know by getting in touch here.

Bangui, Khartoum vow to revive joint security team

Map of Central African Republic (CAR)
IRIN

Presidents Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic and Omar el Bashir of Sudan have resolved to revive a joint border security commission to curb poaching and cross-border attacks between the two countries, state-owned Radio Centrafrique reported.

The radio reported that Bozize, who ended on Wednesday a two-day visit to Sudan, met Sudanese Defence Minister Hassan Saleh and discussed conflicts pitting CAR farmers in the northeastern province of Vakaga against cattle herders in southwestern Sudan.

The CAR-Sudan Joint Commission was established in mid-2002 following attacks by armed people allegedly from Sudan who raided and burned villages near the town of Gordil, 1,100 km from the capital, Bangui.

Apart from an inaugural meeting in Bangui in June 2002, delegations of the two countries on the commission have never met on the poaching and ethnic tensions across their common border.

Bozize’s visit was his first to Sudan since he seized power on 15 March from President Ange-Felix Patasse. Prior to his coup, Bozize had led a six-month rebellion against Patasse, with fighting concentrated mainly in the north of the country.

At the beginning of Bozize’s insurrection in October 2002, 30 Sudanese soldiers fought alongside Patasse’s forces within the framework of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States, which then had a 200-man force in the CAR to protect Patasse.

Following Bozize's coup, Sudan was among the first African states to send a delegation to Bangui. During the visit by the delegation that was headed by Saleh, Sudan donated military vehicles and equipment to the CAR army.

Share this article
Join the discussion

Support our work

Donate now

advertisement

advertisement