Chad-Sudan troop buildup causes concern

N'DJAMENA, Chad, May 4 (UPI) -- The deployment of troops along both sides of the Sudan-Chad border has prompted calls from the United Nations for leaders in the countries to avoid conflict.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both Chad and Sudan to calm growing tensions along the volatile border the two countries share. Ban was responding to reports of a recent buildup of troops in the region on both sides of the border, the United Nations said.


The ongoing violence in Sudan's Darfur region, which borders Chad, has resulted in the death of an estimated 300,000 people since 2003. The instability in Darfur had prompted the flight of more than 2.7 million people, many of whom traveled to Chad, creating an unsustainable situation in the country.

According to Ban's most recent report on the Darfur region, the Sudan-Chad border remains a serious concern. "The security situation along the Sudan-Chad border continued to be tense and unpredictable," Ban wrote.

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