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Chad rejects French choices to supervise troop withdrawal

The Chadian government has turned down the two African countries proposed by France to supervise this week's pullout of French and Libyan troops, informed diplomatic sources said Saturday. The countries involved were not named, but they are believed to be Senegal and Togo, two of France's closest West African allies.

The sources said the Chadian rejection reflected President Hissein Habre's bitterness at having been left out of the negotiations leading to the pullout agreement. France and Libya had each asked two unnamed African countries to supervise the move. The simultaneous withdrawal is due to begin tomorrow.

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