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Liberia disarmament 'too popular'

The United Nations has ordered a pause in the Liberian disarmament process after more fighters wanted to hand in their weapons than was anticipated. More than 9,000 former fighters turned up at the Schieffelin military barracks, 25km east of the capital. The camp, which was designed to hold 1,000, has been overwhelmed and the UN says it will stop taking in the former combatants until 20 January. A UN spokeswoman said they could then return to finish off demobilising. The UN mission in neighbouring Sierra Leone, which successfully oversaw a disarmament process of its own, warned on Monday, that they were receiving reports that Liberian rebels are smuggling weapons over the border. They have reinforced their presence along the border. Full Story

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