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Chad sets up body to support

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Chad sets up body to support

by AFP

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has set up a body to facilitate the deployment of UN and European peacekeeping forces in the country's east and in Central African Republic, an official said Thursday.

A presidential decree on Wednesday called for the "creation of a national coordination council to support the deployment of the international multi-dimensional force in the east of Chad," the official said.

Deby would be in charge of the body, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The European Union force will help secure refugee camps along the border with Sudan's Darfur region where fighting since 2003 has left more than 200,000 dead and displaced two million, according to UN figures.

Chad's former colonial master France will be providing the bulk of the 4,300-strong EU force. In addition United Nations will be despatching policemen to help secure the camps.

Deby accepted a proposal for an international peacekeeping force in November but backtracked in February this year before changing his mind again.

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