Saturday, December 06, 2003

Cote d'Ivoire: disarmament not so certain

Thursday, news was rebels would disarm ...
On Friday, however, rebel spokesman Antoine Beugre said there was no disarmament deal.

``It's not been decided,'' Beugre said, saying top rebel leaders had not been present at the talks. The rebel leaders would have to review the pact before making a final decision on it, he said.

At least one of the meeting's announcements was implemented Friday, however, as government and rebel forces began to pull troops back from their positions along the north-south buffer zone separating the two sides, according to Ivory Coast and French army officials. (link)
There's a bit more from the BBC ...
Rebel spokesman Sidiki Konate told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that under the terms of the peace deal signed in January, which set up the national unity government, both sides must disarm at the same time. (link)