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    In Chad, President Felix Malloum has held talks with the Congolese President, Joachim Yhombi-Opango. The?

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    In Chad, President Felix Malloum has held talks with the Congolese President, Joachim Yhombi-Opango. The two leaders met briefly at Chad's N'Djamena Airport, where President Opango stopped off on his way back from Algeria. The talks centred on Chad's possible return to UDEAC -- the customs and Economic Union of Central Africa. The Congolese Government is anxious to increase the strength of UDEAD by obtaining Chad's re-entry.

    SYNOPSIS: President Opango had spent three days in Algeria paying tribute to former President Houari Boumendienne, who died in December. President Opango was greeted at the airport by General Malloum and his Prime Minister, Hussein Habre. President Opango took the opportunity to praise General Malloum for his attempts to unify Chad by working towards democracy and reconciliation with all opposition groups.

    After inspecting the guard of honour, the two presidents moved into the airport lounge for talks. Chad was a founder-member of the UDEAC before leaving in 1968. The union promotes economic development of member states by elimination customs duties and rationalising investment. The Secretary General of UDEAC Monsieur Vincent Effon, has just completed a visit to Chad, and he was hopeful that the country would decide to return to the Union. chad's reservations about rejoining UDEAC centre on the belief that, because the country has no coastline, it should be entitled to preferential treatment. President Opango says membership of the Union will help relieve Chad's severe economic problems.

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