The governmnent and rebels in Ivory Coast have agreed to meet on May 18 to begin discussing disarmament following the negotiation of a fresh ceasefire, a senior officer of West African peacekeeping forces in the country said on Monday. Lt Col Matthieu Bony of Benin, the chief of staff of ground forces of the multi-national force, said the two sides had agreed to meet in the rebel capital Bouake, in central Cote d’Ivoire, 380km north of the commercial capital Abidjan. He said the move was decided on Sunday at a meeting of government and rebel representatives with the French and West African peacekeeping forces in Tiebissou, a small town close to the frontline between government forces, which control the south of the country, and rebel forces which occupy the north. Full Story
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