Organisation of African Unity (OAU) states meeting in Nairobi on Thursday (11 February) called on Chad to negotiate with rebels trying to overthrow the government and said it would withdraw its peace-keeping force there by 30 June this year.
SV Nigerian President Shehu Shagari leaving car and shaking hands with other delegates and walking up steps into building
SV INTERIOR Guinea President Ahmed Sekou Toure entering conference hall, followed by Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko
SV ZOOM TO President Kenneth Kaunda seated
SV Central African Republic Head of State, General Andre Kolingba and his delegation taking seats
CU President Mobutu listening
SV President Sekou Toure and delegation seated
SV ZOOM TO SCU President Shagari seated
SV Libyan delegation
SV Empty seats for Chad delegation
SV Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, speaking
TRANSCRIPT FOR SHOT 10:
ARAP MOI: "We are meeting today to address ourselves to the whole range of problems with which Chad is confronted and to work out lasting solutions. Our assembly here is one in a series of meetings since the Lagos Accord of 1979, which itself symbolised courageous efforts by the OAU to find an African solution to the many difficulties facing our sister state of Chad. Your presence here, now, is a manifestation of our firm resolve to continue in this work until the people of Chad are fully able to determine their own destiny. This standing committee must continue with its efforts until it is satisfied that it has found permanent solutions which will assure for Chad, a future rooted in hope, prosperity and progress."
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Background: Organisation of African Unity (OAU) states meeting in Nairobi on Thursday (11 February) called on Chad to negotiate with rebels trying to overthrow the government and said it would withdraw its peace-keeping force there by 30 June this year. A resolution adopted after two days of talks called for legislative and presidential elections in Chad before that time. Current OAU Chairman, Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi said the problem in Chad was a political one that could only be solved by the Chadian people. President Goukouni Oueddei of Chad, who contested the OAU's right to debate his country's political affairs, was not in the conference hall when the resolution was read out. President Goukouni has said the only countries who should have any say in Chad's affairs are the three states which sent peace-keeping troops -- Nigeria, Zaire and Senegal. On the opening day of the debate (Wednesday, 10 February), President Arap Moi told delegates their presence was proof of their resolve to work out a lasting solution to Chad's problems.