INTRODUCTION: The Libyan Jamahiriyah has withdrawn some of its troops from Chad.
GVs Tripoli airport. Transport plane lands. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowds waiting on runway as plane taxis to a halt. (2 SHOTS)
GV Troops disembark.
SV PAN Floral wreaths given to troops.
GV Garlanded troops march off.
GVs Waving troops march past crowd as military band follows.
GV PAN FROM Demonstrators chanting at police TO police bus driving away with demonstrator climbing onto roof
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Libyan Jamahiriyah has withdrawn some of its troops from Chad. But the government has warned that it will send them back if the neighbouring state's peace or security is threatened. Libyan troops helped end Chad's nine-month old civil war three months ago. Since then the troops have been the only foreign in the capital of N'Djamena and the surrounding country.
SYNOPSIS: The returning troops were given a heroes' welcome when they arrived at Tripoli airport. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has said the troops would be prepared to return to fight at any time "if enemies again try to threaten Chad's security, which has become closely connected with that of Libya". Reporters who flew to N'Djamena from Tripoli said there was no immediate prospect that the Western countries would try to compete for influence in Chad.
The civilian government is in the hands of the Chadians. President Goukouni Gueddi, victor in the civil war, believes the remaining Libyan troops will go home when asked. Plans have been proposed for a merger with the Jamahiriyah. President Gaddafi says he expects the two countries to hold a referendum on the issue. Meanwhile, Libyan influence seems certain to increase. Chad has enormous needs and is dependent upon its neighbour.
How long these troops will be at home remains to be seen. One way for the Libyans to leave would be for a new African initiative to send in a peace force. Such a move could open up the possibility of help from the West.