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Liberia's Government Accuses Rebels Of Breaking Cease-Fire

Liberia’s government accused two rebel groups Sunday of breaking the country’s fragile cease-fire with attacks against four towns that killed at least 15 people. Defense Minister Daniel Chea said the government would report the alleged violations to regional officials mediating talks between the warring sides in neighboring Ghana. He insisted the government remained committed to the truce. The northern towns of Kwendin and Gulu were attacked Saturday. Chea did not give casualty figures for Gulu but said 15 people, including several civilians, were killed in the fighting in Kwendin, which he blamed on the rebel Movement for Democracy. Benjamin Yeaten, a senior government military official, reported two other attacks by the Movement for Democracy against the port city of Greenville and the town of Belewalay, both in the south. The attacks could not be independently verified. Liberia’s government has been widely accused of fabricating or inflating such claims in the past. There was no comment from the Movement for Democracy. But the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, the group that allegedly attacked Gulu, made no mention of new fighting in a statement reaffirming its commitment to peace. Full Story

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