INTRODUCTION: The Organisation of African Unity's Peace-keeping force in Chad was strengthened last Saturday (5 December) with the arrival of troops from Senegal.
N'DJAMENA, CHAD (VISNEWS - ALI BOURMA)
GV Air Afrique plane arrives at N'Djamena airport
SV Senegelese soldiers disembarking from aircraft (2 shots)
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GV PAN Soldiers assemble in formation on tarmac
GV Soldiers march away from waiting transport
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GV UTA aircraft taxiing at N'Djamena airport
SV Crates being unloaded from cargo hold
SV & GV Vehicle being unloaded from aircraft (3 shots)
GVs Crates being unloaded (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Organisation of African Unity's Peace-keeping force in Chad was strengthened last Saturday (5 December) with the arrival of troops from Senegal. Also last week, Britain promised financial aid of not more than one million Sterling (two million dollars) for Nigeria's contingent in the force.
SYNOPSIS: The Senegalese troops, numbering three hundred came in on two different flights. The first batch of 150 soldiers flew into N'Djamena last Friday (4 December). They are to join about 700 paratroopers from Zaire and 150 other Senegalese soldiers already in the Chadian capital. The first batch of Nigerian troops has still to join the force. Sources in N'Djamena say that of the original six countries named for the force Togo, Guinea and the Republic of Benin are unlikely to take part.
In the event of this, a new possible participant, Ethiopia has been named. Chad had asked Togo to delay despatching its promised force following a statement by Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyedema that he would prefer a political rather than military solution to the Chadian conflict. Guinea and the Republic of Benin are withholding their troops for lack of funds. Zaire is allocating a second battalion to fill the gap, the sources said.
The day after the Senegalese troops arrived, a cargo flight carrying military aid, paid for by France, arrived in N'Djamena. it'll be used to equip the Senegalese contingent of the OAU force. There has been no news recently on fighting in the east of Chad, where forces loyal to the former Defence Minister Hissene Habre, had been advancing to fill a vacuum created by the withdrawal of the Libyans. The OAU has said the peace-keeping force will not engage in active combat against anti-government forces, though it will defend itself if it comes under attack. The force will intervene to stop any fighting between rival factions. The United States has also expressed its willingness to help pay for the peace-keeping in Chad.
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