A Libyan peace-keeping force has arrived in Chad to try and maintain the ceasefire agreed between the Chad government an rebels of Frolinat, the Front for National Liberation.
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The final ceasefire was only signed on Monday (27 March), but the principles had been laid down at an earlier meeting at Sebha in the Libyan Jamahiriyah last month. Frolinat, who claim to control half of Chad, want the release of political prisoners in Chad, free elections, a new constitution and a programme of national reconciliation.
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Background: A Libyan peace-keeping force has arrived in Chad to try and maintain the ceasefire agreed between the Chad government an rebels of Frolinat, the Front for National Liberation.
SYNOPSIS: An advance detachment of 40 Libyan commandos and their officers flew in to N'Djamena, the Chad capital, aboard a special military flight. They are in Chad as the result of an agreement signed last month in Libya between the leaders of Chad, Libya and Niger, under which Libya and Niger would provide a peace keeping force. The Libyan Ambassador accredited to Chad was at the airport for the welcoming ceremonies. He has only recently been recalled to Chad.
In February Chad broke off diplomatic relations with the Libyan Jamahiriyah because of what the government in N'Djamena said was Libyan assistance to Frolinat guerrillas. Frolinat have been waging war in the mainly Moslem north of Chad for nearly 12 years. Now they have signed a ceasefire with the government. The role for the Libyans will be to keep the peace while the two sides reconcile their differences.
The Chad government is determined to maintain national unity, although the rebels see their roots in the Arab north of the continent, rather than in the black African south. And any peace-keeping force, however large, will be thinly spread over the thousands of square miles of this theatre of war.