The President of Chad, Felix Malloum, had again queried the motives of the Libyan Jamahiriyah regarding the current conflict in Chad.
CU Chad President Felix Malloum speaking to newsmen
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Background: The President of Chad, Felix Malloum, had again queried the motives of the Libyan Jamahiriyah regarding the current conflict in Chad. For the past 12 years the Chad government has been battling with rebels who have received financial backing from the Jamahiriyah. In February, Chad broke of diplomatic relations with its neighbour because of this assistance. But soon after a ceasefire was signed between the combatants and Libya and Niger agreed to provide a peace keeping force. The Libyan Ambassador resumed his duties in Chad and Libyan commandos flew in to help maintain peace.
SYNOPSIS: At a special press conference in N'Djamena last week, President Malloum raised doubts about Libya's motives.
He said that at the time of the meeting in Niamey in February this year between Chad, Niger and Libya, he had suspected Libyan ambitions and had predicted new attacks by Frolinat, the rebels' National Liberation Front, with Libyan backing. Such attacks had since occurred. Referring to the recent ceasefire, he said this national reconciliation in Chad was a great embarrassment to Libya with its expansionist and imperialist ambitions.
The Frolinat forces, who are mainly Moslem, claim the government has denied northern Chad its true Arab identity. They recently moved south towards the capital, claiming the presence of French troops in the country negated the truce agreement. They were defeated by a strong contingent of French soldiers some 180 miles (300 kms) northeast of the capital. The Chairman of the northern Military Command in Chad held talks with rebels leaders, but later announced that government proposals for a peaceful settlement of the rebellion had been rejected.