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Liberia truce key to regional peace

Liberians have waited a long time for the cease-fire that began early Wednesday, designed to end a conflict between government forces and rebels that has lasted more than three years. The deal, signed Tuesday in Ghana and brokered by the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), calls for the formation of an interim government that excludes Charles Taylor, the country’s internationally-reviled president. The warring parties have also called for an international military force to help stabilize the nation, which has suffered civil war for much of the past 15 years, contributing to the appalling unrest and refugee crisis throughout the region. Full Story

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