Twelve leaders of the Moubi tribe, who have rebelled against the Chad Government, met with President Tombalbaye on Wednesday (January 6) and signed a reconciliation agreement.
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Background: Twelve leaders of the Moubi tribe, who have rebelled against the Chad Government, met with President Tombalbaye on Wednesday (January 6) and signed a reconciliation agreement. The agreement provides for the release of those captured fighting for the rebels -- whatever their ethnic origin -- and the permanent inclusion of Moubi tribesmen in the National Politics Bureau. The tribesmen are to hand over their arms to the Government.
The leaders had arrived in the capital, Fort Lamy, on Monday (January 4) for reconciliation discussions with the government. They represent an illegal organisation based around the region of Guera, some 250 miles (400 kilometres) east of Fort Lamy.
The reconciliation with the Moubi chiefs does not, however, end the civil war in Chad. President Tombalbaye's main opposition comes from the Chad National Liberation Front (FRELINA) who are Moslem Toubou tribesmen operating in the far north of the country. It is in this region that the 2,000 French troops helping President Tombalbaye are deployed.
The French Government announced recently that its troops would be withdrawn from Chad -- a former French colony -- this year. The soldiers -- including the crack Legionnaires -- were sent to Chad two years ago by General de Gaulle under a defence assistance agreement.