President Goukoni Oueddei, the new Chief of State in the Central African nation of Chad, has arrived in his country to a hero's welcome.
GV President Goukoni Oueddei's plane arriving
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SV Goukoni down steps of aircraft and greeted by former Chief of State Mohamat Lol Chaoua
GV Troops lined up on tarmac with crowds in background cheering and clapping
SV New Chief of State reviewing guard of honour (2 shots)
SV Goukoni shaking hands with soldiers and walking across tarmac as crowds cheer (2 shots)
SV Armed troops boarding vehicles on tarmac (2 shots)
GV Motor cavalcade through crowded streets, president waving to crowds (4 shots)
SV INTERIOR PAN ALONG Banner in hall
SV Goukoni entering hall as crowds cheer (2 shots)
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GV Goukoni addressing meeting with ministers listening (8 shots)
GV People clapping and cheering as President stands (2 shots)
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Background: President Goukoni Oueddei, the new Chief of State in the Central African nation of Chad, has arrived in his country to a hero's welcome.
SYNOPSIS: Just over a week ago, the nine rival groups in Chad signed a formal agreement to form a government of National Union with Goukoni Oueddei as President. The agreement, which was in Lagos, has ended the long standing political feud in Chad which led last February to a civil war in which tens of thousands were killed. One of the officials at the airport to greet the new President was Mohamat Lol Chaoua, the former Chief of State.
President Oueddei heads the powerful FROLINAT Main Movement and was considered to be the real force behind the former government of President Mohamat Lol Chaoua. President Chaoua's government was formed in April, but opposition forces in Chad complained it did not adequately represent the country. The meeting in Lagos from which the new President has just returned, was the fourth in a series of talks held in the Nigerian capital to try to iron out a solution to the political crisis in Chad.
The Libyan News Agency JANA reported that the peace treaty agreed to in Lagos called for a ceasefire, disarmament in N'Djamena, and the withdrawal of armed forces to a distance of one hundred kilometres apart. And when the new President addressed a meeting in N'Djamena, he stressed the need for peace in the country.
In his speech he called upon the people of Chad to lay down their arms and take up another challenge, a challenge other than fighting amongst themselves. He called on people from the entire nation to work together to combat poverty, ignorance, and to help in the reconstruction of their nation; to help with economic development and social welfare programme so that the future of the children can be assured.
A peacekeeping force from other African nations is to be set up in Chad, as well as a ceasefire observer committee.