The President of Togo, Gnassingbe Eyadema, and French Head of State, Giscard d Estaing met at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday (6 May) for discussions.
SV: France President Giscard D'Estaing shakes hands with Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema on steps of Elysee Palace in Paris
GV: Elysee Guard of Honour
CU: President Eyadema talking to reporter in French
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Background: The President of Togo, Gnassingbe Eyadema, and French Head of State, Giscard d Estaing met at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday (6 May) for discussions. High on the agenda for both presidents was the civil war in Chad, and its repercussions and consequences for both France and Togo.
SYNOPSIS: President Giscard greeted his African guest on the steps of the Elysee Palace and a full guard of honour was on hand to welcome President Eyadema to the French President's residence.
Laters, President Eyadema told newsmen about his discussions with the French President. The civil war in Chad -- a former French colony -- figured prominently in the talks, and President Eyadema said he was confident a solution could be found to the crisis.
Almost two months of fighting between the northern armed forces of Chad's Defence Minister, Hissene Habre, and a loose coalition of troops loyal to President Goukouni Oueddei have disrupted the central African state. President Eyadema said he spoke to both factions recently, asking them to put down their arms and find a solution at the negotiating table. But his mediation, President Eyadema said, was of no avail.