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Ivory Coast prime minister officially launches disarmament program

Prime Minister Seydou Diarra officially launched a campaign to disarm divided Ivory Coast nearly 16 months after a civil war began in the west African state. “We have reached the end of a marathon begun eight months ago,” Diarra said at a ceremony in the capital Yamoussoukro. An attempt to oust President Laurent Gbagbo in September 2002 erupted into war that killed thousands and displaced more than one million people, while also removing some of the lustre from the world’s top cocoa producer which had been considered a beacon of stability and prosperity for the region. Guns have been mostly silent since a French-brokered ceasefire was declared in July but the country remains divided between the rebel-held north and west and the south run by Gbagbo loyalists. Full Story

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