- Title: CHAD: REBEL LEADER MOISE KETTE RETURNS TO CHAD
- Date: 31st August 1994
- Summary: N'DJAMENA, CHAD (AUGUST 31, 1994) 1. MV CHAD REBEL LEADER MOISE KETTE DISEMBARKING FROM PLANE AND SHAKING HANDS WITH OFFICIALS 0.18 2. GV KETTE AND OFFICIALS WALK INTO AIRPORT BUILDINGS 0.29 3. CUS KETTE (2 SHOTS) 0.48 4. CU KETTE SPEAKING (FRENCH - AUDIO AS INCOMING) 1.45 5. MVS KETTE LEAVING AIRPORT BUILDING, GETTING INTO CAR, CAR DRIVING AWAY (2 SHOTS) 2.17 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 15th September 1994 13:00
- Location: N'DJAMENA, CHAD
- Country: AFRICA Chad
- Reuters ID: LVA24KSOWQXA2NVAGHL1LSO42NRF
- Story Text: Chad rebel leader Moise Kette returned home on Wednesday (August 31), pledging to end armed rebellion but continue a political fight for an autonomous Christian region in the south of the mainly-Moslem country. Chased by government troops across the border into Central African Republic (CAR) last month, Kette came back to the Chadian capital flanked by the CAR's foreign minister Simon Bedaya Ngaro and several aides to Gabonese President Omar Bongo.
Bongo chaired talks in the Gabonese town of Franceville last weekend between CAR President Ange-Felix Patasse and Chad's head of state Idriss Deby to find a way in which Kette could return safely to Chad for political negotiations.
Kette's Committee for National Action for Peace and Democracy (CSNPD) was one of several armed groups opposing Deby and was the main rebel faction in southern Chad until government troops destroyed its headquarters and sent Kette fleeing across the border into Central African Republic on July 22.
"If today the CSNPD renounces the armed struggle it ..... will continue to defend federalism on the political battlefield," Kette told reporters after landing in Bongo's private plane.
Under the Franceville agreement Kette renounces violence and puts his fighters into Chad's national army, while the CSNPD is officially recognised as a political party.
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