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Ivory Coast Insurgents Warn French Troops to Withdraw

Rebels on Thursday issued their second warning this week that they would resume fighting if President Laurent Gbagbo does not live up to the West African nation’s peace accord and include them in a new national government. The power-sharing government is a key part of a Jan. 24 peace accord negotiated in Marcoussis, France, after more than four months of crippling war in the world’s largest cocoa producer. Guillaume Soro, the leader of the Patriotic Movement of the Ivory Coast, said the government must appoint their nominees to posts before Feb. 17 or rebels will attack the commercial capital of Abidjan. The rebels had earlier given Friday as the deadline. Rebels say the government is reneging on the accord because it will give the insurgents’ control over the defense and interior ministries. Rebels met privately Thursday morning with France’s ambassador Gildas le Lidec in Bouake, the rebels’ central headquarters. The French official left the city without speaking to journalists. Full Story

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