The first elements of peacekeeping force for the Central African republic of Chad arrived on friday (18 January) in the capital of N'Djamena.
TILT UP: Jaguar jets coming in to land and landing. (2 shots)
GV: Military transport aircraft lands and stops (2 shots)
SV: Congolese troops out of plane. (4 shots)
SV: Troops outside aircraft, and equipment (2 shots)
SV: Armoured vehicle out of plane and Congolese soldier watches. (3 shots)
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Background: The first elements of peacekeeping force for the Central African republic of Chad arrived on friday (18 January) in the capital of N'Djamena. The peace-keeping troops are from the Organisation of African Unity -- the OAU-- and have been sent from the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Benin.
SYNOPSIS: The backbone of the three-nation neutral force is a number of Anglo-French built fighter-bombers.
Flown in by Algerian Air Force transporters, military equipment and troops were thought likely to be in Chad for about a year and a half. Most of the soldiers are Congolese. Their arrival is the latest development in the OAU's efforts to strengthen the truce between nine rival factions whose bitterness erupted in civil war in February last year. A cease-fire has held since August.
Tens of thousands of people were killed in the six months of fighting -- in a country which has experienced a number of coups and wars during thirteen years. Chad -- one of the poorest countries in the world -- is currently administered by a transitional government of National union, led by President Goukouni Oueddei, who has promised free elections within eighteen months.