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Disarmament begins in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast has begun a disarmament process, with both government forces and former rebels collecting weapons used in the bitter civil conflict. A spokesman for French forces in Ivory Coast, which are monitoring the disarmament process, said it would continue until 26 December. The French will then check all weapons are being safely stored by each side. About 3,800 French peacekeepers man a buffer zone separating the rebel north from the government-controlled south. The head of the military wing of the former northern rebels, Colonel Soumayila Bakayoko, told the BBC that his men had begun storing their weapons. Full Story

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