Rival forces in Chad's civil war are withdrawing their troops from the capital, N'Djamena, and hope to meet later this week to set up a government of national unity.
GV Troops and vehicles preparing to pull out of army camp
SV Field guns on backs of lorries (2 shots)
CU Troops sitting in trucks with ??? and rockets
SV Compound outside barrack room littered with furniture
GV Armoured cars at edge of field
Rockets strapped to soldiers back as he climbs aboard lorry (2 shots)
CU Soldiers sitting on truck waiting to move out, and truck leaving (2 shots)
GV Land Rover carrying field gun leaving camp (2 shots)
SV Troops and loaded weapons pulling out of camp (2 shots)
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Background: Rival forces in Chad's civil war are withdrawing their troops from the capital, N'Djamena, and hope to meet later this week to set up a government of national unity. The demilitarisation was agreed upon at a meeting in Nigeria last month.
SYNOPSIS: The political conference aimed at resolving the differences, originally planned for last Thursday (11 October), was postponed when only seven of the country's eleven factions turned up at Douguia, about fifty miles (80 Kms.) north of the capital.
But the demilitarisation of the capital district agreed on in Nigeria began on schedule the same day. the new demilitarised area extends for a radius of sixty miles (100 Kms.) from the capital, N'Djamena
All military equipment goes, even rockets carried on the backs of soldiers.
These soldiers will be replaced by a contingent of neutral Inter-African forces.
Even though the formation of a government was not accomplished at Douguia the main interests in Chad were reportedly serious about making progress along the road to peace. The troop withdrawal was expected to be completed by the end of the week. (20 October)