In Chad, the government in Ndjamena has displayed four men who they allege where taken prisoner during a Libyan attack on northern Chad.
In Chad, the government in Ndjamena has displayed four men who they allege where taken prisoner during a Libyan attack on northern Chad. The government reported they had successfully put down the attack and took three Libyans and an Egyptian prisoner.
SYNOPSIS: Newsmen were shown the location of the alleged Libyan attack at Faya Largeau in Northern Chad. In April, the Chad government called on the country's populace to mobilise against the Libyan attack--but Libyan said reports of an invasion were " a fairy tale". Prisoners taken from the alleged invasion were put on display as proof of the Libyan attack. Newsmen were presented with fact sheets which outlined the names, birthdays and battalions of the prisoners.
The Libyans do not recognise the Chad Council of State. They say the country is disorganised and those who claim the attack do not represent the people.
Chad Minister of State, Hissene Habre, awaited the arrival of the prisoners in Ndjamena and spoke to newsmen. He insists that the Libyans have broken the terms of the first Kano agreement by massing troops on the northern frontier of Chad.
The prisoners are to appear before a revolutionary court in Ndjamena where a decision will be made about their status. Chad is currently led by a "Government of national union" set up in April. A libyan propaganda campaign has accused the new government of manufacturing a so-called "colonial plot". They say the continued presence of French troops in the capital is proof of this. The fragile transitional Chad government feels the French military presence constitutes a stabilising influence in the country. Some reports say that, as result of the alleged Libyan attack, Chad may be forced to draw closer to France for economic aid and protection.