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Liberian foes sign ceasefire

Liberia’s government and rebel groups have signed a ceasefire agreement at talks in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Mediators hope that the agreement will pave the way for the deployment of a peacekeeping force and a full-scale peace deal. Rebels, who control two-thirds of the country, had demanded that President Charles Taylor step down within 30 days, as a condition of any settlement. Stability in Liberia is vital to its neighbours, not least to Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, which have also found themselves caught up in the fighting in recent years. Reports say the truce provides for an interim administration that excludes the president, a spokesman for the west African regional group brokering the peace talks told AFP. Full Story

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