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Rebels say they are advancing toward capital

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Video by Olivia SALAZAR-WINSPEAR , Louise DUPONT

Latest update : 2009-05-07

Sudanese-backed rebel troops in Chad have said they are advancing toward Ndjamena for the "final objective" in the latest offensive launched this week. French FM Bernard Kouchner met with his Chadian counterpart in Paris Wednesday.

AFP - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Wednesday met with his counterpart from Chad in Paris as Sudanese-backed rebels were battling their way deep into Chadian territory.
   
Kouchner discussed with Moussa Faki Mahamat a diplomatic response to the rebel offensive in eastern Chad, the foreign ministry said.
   
France, which has troops based in its former colony Chad, has condemned the armed rebel incursion from Sudan and supports the stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Chad, said spokesman Eric Chevallier.
   
The meeting was held at Mahamat's request and "explored diplomatic actions that could be taken to avert a worsening of the situation and possible consequences on regional security and stability," he said.
   
Rebel troops said Wednesday they were advancing toward the capital Ndjamena, which spokesman Ali Ordjo Hemchi described as the "final objective" in the latest offensive launched this week.
   
France has 1,100 soldiers based in Chad under a bilateral accord and 800 others are serving in a UN-led force that last month took over a European mission to protect refugees in camps.
   

Date created : 2009-05-06

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