President Omar Bongo of Gabon and President Ahmadou Ahidjo of the Cameroons have been meeting with the French leader, President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, in Paris for talks on the current situation in Chad.
GV Elysee Palace
SV President Bongo of Gabon shakes hands with President Giscard d'Estaing as he leaves
CU President Bongo talks with newsmen in French
CU & SV Bongo's car leaves (2 shots)
GV Elysee Palace
SV President Ahidjo of Cameroons shakes hands with Giscard as he leaves (2 shots)
CU President Ahidjo speaks to newsmen in French
CU & LV Ahidjo leaving by car (2 shots)
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Background: President Omar Bongo of Gabon and President Ahmadou Ahidjo of the Cameroons have been meeting with the French leader, President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, in Paris for talks on the current situation in Chad.
SYNOPSIS: The talks were held at the Elysee Palace in Paris. President Bongo had been in France only a week before, for similar talks as the President of the Organisation for African Unity. The meeting with President Giscard was on Thursday, the day 200 French nationals arrived back in Paris from Chad following renewed fighting between government and rebel forces. France has a military co-operation agreement with the Chad government, which has been fighting a sporadic guerrilla war with FROLINAT rebels from the arid north of the country for more than 10 years. A ceasefire was signed in the Libyan Port City of Benghazi last month after mediation by the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Sudan and Niger. But it was broken on April the 15th when FROLINAT forces captured the government post of Salal, in Central Chad. The attack prompted France to reinforce its troops in the country. President Bongo told newsmen he considered the situation in Chad to be a mistake. President Bongo said other ways had to be found to find the answers to the problems in Chad. He said he didn't think the situation was too bad and that it was wrong to suggest that Gabon didn't want French people in its country.
President Ahmadou Ahidjo of the Cameroons visited President Giscard on the same day. A temporary committee of the Organisation for African Unity has been set up to attempt to Solve the problem in Chad but so far the committee has failed to reach a solution acceptable to all parties concerned.
President Ahidjo told waiting newsmen that he though what was happening in Chad was sad and he had hoped that the ceasefire call would have been respected. he said a solution had to be found as soon as possible. President Ahidjo said he also discussed with the French President future co-operation between France and the Cameroons. He added that the present relationship between the two countries was excellent.