French Defence Minister Charles Hernu flew into N'Djamena, the capital of Chad on September 1 for talks with President Hissene Habre.
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Background: N'DJAMENA, CHAD
French Defence Minister Charles Hernu flew into N'Djamena, the capital of Chad on September 1 for talks with President Hissene Habre. The visit reinforced the idea that France is eager to encourage new moves to end the stalemate in the civil war. French President Francois Mitterrand recently visited Morocco and discussed the implications of the country's referendum which endorsed unification with Libya, whose troops are backing Chadian opposition forces under Goukouni Oueddeye. There are 3,200 French troops in Chad supporting the Habre government. Direct diplomatic contact between France and Libya took place in Tripoli earlier in the week. The outcome of those talks was not revealed, but French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius told a national television audience on September 5 that France was ready to withdraw its troops from Chad as soon as Libya also did so. During his visit, Hernu also met many of the French troops stationed there.
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