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Ivorian Rebels Threaten New War

One of Ivory Coast’s three rebel groups has threatened to return to war if it is not given crucial posts in the government. The head of the Ivorian Popular Movement of the Great West (Mpigo) said the defence and interior ministries had been allocated to the rebels under an accord signed in Paris in January. “If they’re taken away from us, we will tell the international community that civil war will break out,” Felix Doh said. The threat came as the Ivorian Prime Minister, Seydou Diarra, held talks in Paris with the leader of another, larger rebel group, the Ivory Coast Patriotic Movement (MPCI). Mr Diarra arrived back in Abidjan on Sunday to brief President Laurent Gbagbo on the talks, which are reported to have ended without agreement. The issue of the cabinet posts has been a stumbling block since the outlines of a power-sharing scheme were agreed at talks in France in January to end the country’s smouldering civil war. Full Story

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