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Rebel chief returns to Chad after surrender
by Staff Writers
N'Djamena (AFP) Sept 5, 2012

Chad's FPR rebel chief Abdel Kader Baba Ladde, who was wanted by his country's army, landed in the capital Ndjamena Wednesday, days after turning himself in to Central African armed forces.

The leader of the Popular Front for Recovery (FPR) arrived in Ndjamena aboard a UN plane and was welcomed by Chad's Public Security Minister Ahmat Bachir, an AFP journalist reported.

"I'm pleased to be back home in Chad, I hope the rest will follow," Baba Ladde said, adding that "the FPR did not come (to Chad) to make political demands".

"We have no demands, our wish is for peace in our country and throughout the subregion," he said.

Baba Ladde, who claims to fight for the Fula tribe whose people are spread over many African countries, surrendered Sunday in Central Africa after negotiations with the United Nations and other groups.

"We're happy to have accompanied Baba Ladde home," said Central African mediator Paulin Pomodimo on Wednesday.

He added that Chad officials had guaranteed the rebel chief's physical well-being.

Fleeing Chad military offensives in 2008, the FPR fighters entered Central Africa, where they were accused of terrorising villagers and pillaging.

In August last year, Pomodimo said he had persuaded Baba Ladde to return to Ndjamena but the former general refused to enter negotiations with Chadian officials without a UN presence.

After joint Chadian and Central African troops attacked FPR bases in the northern Kaga Bandoro region in January, Baba Ladde was said to have fled to Sudan.

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