'Africans may not fight Africans'

TRIPOLI - Neighbours Sudan and Chad pledged to redouble efforts to end border violence being fuelled by Darfur's conflict.

TRIPOLI - Neighbours Sudan and Chad pledged to redouble efforts to end border violence being fuelled by Darfur's conflict.

This concludes their third agreement in 12 months to end hostilities and respect each other's sovereignty.

Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi said after brokering the agreement at a mini-summit of regional leaders late on Wednesday: "The problem should be addressed not by the Kalashnikov, the rocket propelled grenade or the Toyota [battlewagon].

"It is forbidden for an African to take up arms against a fellow African."

Violence in Darfur has expanded into Chad, which accuses Sudan of supporting rebels launching cross-border attacks that have worsened ethnic tensions and triggered a flood of refugees.

Gaddafi has pressed Chad and Sudan to settle their differences as part of efforts to bring peace to Darfur, where an estimated 200000 people have been killed and 2,5million people have been driven from their homes since 2003.

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said: "God willing, we will transcend all obstacles and all our bitterness."

Chad's President Idriss Deby said: "I wish this decision to be set up as soon as possible to restore confidence between Chad and Sudan."

Washington calls the violence in Darfur genocide, a term European governments are reluctant to use and which the Khartoum government in Sudan rejects. - Reuters

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