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CU INT Foreign Minister of Sierre Leone, Abdulai Conteh, speaking in English. (5 SHOTS)
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CONTEH (SEQ. 1): "When the leaders met, they issued the Lagos communique which sounded willing and underscored the point that all factions should withdraw. All the troops should withdraw from all states with troops in Chad should withdraw. Regrettably, that was not heeded, and, just at the beginning of the year, we heard that the country had been over-militarised by the Libyan troops and armaments on the invitation of President Goukouni Oueddi. And, in fact, there was reported a merger between Libya and Chad. Understandably, this gave rise to a considerable amount of consternation, if only because the government itself that is in Chad, in N'djamena, was by definition transitional and provisional, and therefore a number of heads of states of Africa doubted the validity of that exercise, it if was true. I was instructed as Foreign Minister to hold consultations with my colleagues in New Delhi and Secretary-General Waldheim, with whom I had discussions in Delhi, to approach the United Nations, and to organise the presentations of the Chadian problem within the general international community as represented in the United Nations to see how best we can muster resources to provide material assistance to Chad in its efforts to overcome the divisions within its body politic, and reconcile Chadians one to each other, and ensure the stability and peace of Chad."
REPORTER: "Do you expect to get from the Security Council a condemnation of the merger between Libya and Chad?"
CONTEH: "There is no merger plan. Even the OAU itself did not condemn the merger plan. What it condemned was that, if there was a plan, it would be contrary and it stands condemned if there was, and we have it on record. The Libyan Foreign Minister, who was in home, had read into the records that there are presently no plans for a merger between Libya, and they only talked about it as indeed the OAU charter itself provided for unity. But given the nature of the regime in Chad, and given the (INDISTINCT) of the country itself, this activated the apprehension of the African leaders that, as i were, you're taking over an in fight."
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