Ivory Coast’s warring factions said on Tuesday they were satisfied with progress made to withdraw heavy weapons from a central frontline dividing the former French colony. Rebels and government troops met in the eastern town of Daoukro to review the two-week-old operation, which is seen as a precursor to eventual disarmament and a key step toward ending civil war in the West African nation. “We are satisfied with the current operation to dismantle checkpoints and collect heavy weapons because the rebels have entirely respected their pledge and so have we,” Colonel Philippe Mangou of the Ivorian army said. “All parties have respected their commitment. We think things are going in the right direction, namely toward peace,” said rebel commander Cherif Ousmane. The meeting was also attended by French and West African peacekeepers who patrol the frontline. Full Story
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