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Chad Accepts UN Plan for Border Peace Force


The president of Chad has accepted a U.N. proposal to put peacekeepers on the border with Sudan, with the goal of controlling violence spilling over from the Darfur region.

President Idriss Deby made the announcement in the capital N'Djamena Thursday after a meeting with visiting French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

He said Chad accepts the U.N. proposal in order to protect the population and ensure eastern Chad's stability.

Earlier this month, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for an "international presence" on the Chad-Sudan border.

President Deby said the African Union and United Nations are expected to hold talks to decide the number of troops and other aspects of the mission.

Sudan has refused to accept U.N. peacekeepers on its side of the porous border.

Chad accuses Sudan of backing eastern-based rebels who oppose Mr. Deby - a charge Sudan denies.

More than three years of conflict in Darfur has killed an estimated 200,000 people, and displaced at least two million others from their homes.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.