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Congo, Rebels Agree on Unified Military

Warring sides in Congo agreed Sunday on the formation of a unified military, resolving one of the last major sticking points in the central African nation’s peace agreement, a U.N. envoy said. Moustapha Niasse, special envoy of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said the government and two main rebel groups agreed to divide major military posts. The development paved the way for a new national unity government to be formed “very soon,” Niasse said. The government retains the top post of military chief of staff along with the position of head of naval forces. The two major rebel forces will each receive one of the other top posts. The Congolese Rally for Democracy will appoint the head of ground forces while the Congolese Liberation Movement gets the chief of air forces. Full Story

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