Sunday, December 07, 2003

Cote d'Ivoire: rebels release 40 gov't soldiers

Ivory Coast's rebels released on Sunday 40 government soldiers and paramilitary gendarmes who had been prisoners for more than a year, in line with an agreement reached last week to revive a shaky peace process.

The 40 prisoners, freed in the rebel strongholds of Bouake and Korhogo, were brought back to the main city Abidjan aboard a French military plane, witnesses said. (link)
The rebels say these 40 were all the soldiers they've been holding. As for the government, it says it released all rebel detainees earlier this year ... rebels say gov't still has one of theirs.