Chad on Thursday (28 January) celebrated its 11th anniversary of independence from France with a march past in Fort Lamy watched by nine African Heads of State.
GV troops wait opposite stands PAN to OCAM flags
CU Chadian flag
SCU PAN President Tombalbaye arrives
GV band plays
SV & CU General Cortadellas in stand (2 shots)
CU President Mobutu.
CU President Diori
GV band heads parade
SCU President Tombalbaye watches
LV & CU paratroops march past (2 shots)
SV women motorcycle police followed by men ditto
LV & CU President Bokassa watches (2 shots)
SV Half-truck passes
SV PAN from flag to security forces passing in trucks (3 shots)
SV troops in armoured cars passing
LV PAN from stands to camel corps passing (2 shots).
ground to air aircraft fly over making smoke in Chad national colours
TROOPS: PRESIDENT TOMBALBAYE ARRIVES: BAND PLAYING: GENERAL COURTADELLAS: PRESIDENTS MOBUTU, DIORI, BOKASSA: ARMOURED CARS PASSING: CAMEL CORPS PASSING: AIRCRAFT FLY OVER.
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Background: Chad on Thursday (28 January) celebrated its 11th anniversary of independence from France with a march past in Fort Lamy watched by nine African Heads of State.
Reviewing the impressive display of military force with President Tombalbaye of Chad were Presidents Mobutu (Congo-Kinshasa), Bokassa (Central African Republic), Senghor (Senegal), Lemizana (Upper Volta), Bongo (Gabon), Eyadema (Togo), Maga (Dahomey) and Diere (Niger).
The eight Presidents were in Fort Lamy to attend, along with six other African Heads of State, the opening session of the African, Malagasy and Maurit???an Common Organisation (OCAMM). The independence celebrations, originally scheduled for January 11, were put back to coincide with the OCAMM summit.
Also at the parade was General Edouard Cortadellas, Commander of the French forces in Chad. Only last week his 24-year-old son was killed in a clash with rebels in the North of the country.
The colourful parade was headed by units of the Chadian army, including two companies of parachutists recently trained in Congo-Kinshasa. Armoured carriers and a fly past by aircraft omitting smoke in the Chad national colours contrasted with a detachment of the nomad guard which passed silently by on camels.
SYNOPSIS: Celebrations of Chad's 11th anniversary of independence from French rule were put back to coincide with the presence in Fort Lamy on Thursday of nine African Heads of State. Francois Tombalbaye, the President of Chad, is host this year to OCAMM. The African, Malagasy and Mauritian Common Organisation.
General Edouard Cortadellas, Commander of the French troops in Chad -- His son was killed last week by rebels in the North.
President Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa was there to watch the parade, and so was President Diori of Niger.
The African leaders saw an impressive demonstration of military force. The parade was headed by units of the Chadian Army, including two divisions of parachutists, who were trained in Congo-Kinshasa.
President Bokassa of the Central African Republic. The other African leaders who witnessed the celebrations were President Senghor of Senegal, President Lamizane of Upper Volts, President Bongo of Gabon, President Eyadema of Togo and President Maga of Dahomey.
Armoured troop carriers provided an effective contrast with a detachment of the nomad guard on their traditional form of transport, the camel.
The Chad national colours ended the parade. Now the African leaders are busy sorting out several crucial questions concerning the OCAMM.