At the opening of Parliament in Chad last week (November 10, 1970), President Francois Tombalbaye said an "International Mafia" was responsible for the civil strife in North Chad.
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Background: At the opening of Parliament in Chad last week (November 10, 1970), President Francois Tombalbaye said an "International Mafia" was responsible for the civil strife in North Chad.
The President also blamed the press for distorted reporting. It had, he said, given the impression that there was a religious war in Chad and that the only solution was to split the country. Another false impression, he added, was that there was too much ethnical and tribal diversity within Chad for the country to achieve national unity.
It was an anachronism to think in term of tribalism today, said the President, and pointed to Europe as an example of international co-operation. he reminded the assembly that political independence was a means of achieving economic independence.
President Tombalbaye praised internal developments during the last 16 months, and said that trade competition should be encouraged. On co-operation between African nations, he said Chad had played its part in African and international organisations -- and several co-operative developments between Chad and other countries had taken place. Great cultural and economic events had also taken place in Chad under the supervision of the African and Malagasy organisation, he added.
Earlier, the President of the National Assembly, M. Abo Nassour, welcomed President Tombalbaye to the opening of Parliament. He told the delegates the President had resorted a measure of peace and stability to the country, and had improved its standard of living. all this had angered Chad's critics, he said, who had not hesitated to arm Northern rebels -- only a few months before the withdrawal of the French task forces in the country. This meant Chad would have to reconsider the position when the time came for the French to pull out, he said.
The assembly observed a minute's silence in memory of the late General de Gaulle of France, who died last week (November 9, 1970.)