Chad Foreign Minister Wadal Abdelkader Kamougue on Tuesday (23 September) attacked the French government's dealings with Chad rebels holding a French woman hostage.
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GV Int. Chad delegate Wadal Abdelkader Kamougue speaks (French).
The film includes part of Mr. Kamougue's statement in French. An English translation appears as part of the commentary overleaf.
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Background: Chad Foreign Minister Wadal Abdelkader Kamougue on Tuesday (23 September) attacked the French government's dealings with Chad rebels holding a French woman hostage.
Mr. Kamougue held a news conference at the United Nations to express his governments's strong disapproval of French actions. A deadline on the life of the woman, 38-year-old French archaeologist Francoise Claustre passed without action during the day. Mr. Hissen Habre, leader of the Tubu rebels holding Mme Claustre, spared her after last minute negotiations by French President Giscard d'Estaing.
A French government spokesman has confirmed that the negotiations are concerned exclusively with implementing the agreement with the guerrillas reached in July. This provides for 6m Francs (about 640,000 sterling) in various stores and equipment of a non military nature and 4m Francs (approx. 426,000 sterling) in cash.
Mr. Kamougue told the assembled journalists that the French government has been misleading international opinion because his government had information that arms from an Orleans base are to be delivered to the rebels.
Mr. Kamougue said the delivery of military equipment to the rebels would endanger Chad. He added that his government knew nearby countries had been approached for permission to refuel the aircraft that would be taking the military equipment to the rebels.
Mr. Kamougue said a French Army transports plane with 16 tons capacity had already landed near the rebels hideout in the north of Chad on September 19.