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Ex-Rebel, Ivory Coast President Meet

A former rebel leader met with Ivory Coast’s president Monday after more than three months out of their power-sharing government, saying the meeting showed that peace efforts here were back on track. Other ex-rebels on Jan. 6 ended what had been their more than 3-month boycott of the joint government, created under a peace deal that helped end a 9-month civil war in this vital regional economic hub. Guillaume Soro’s meeting with President Laurent Gbagbo signaled the former rebel chief’s own end to the boycott. “I am here to show Ivorians our desire and our determination to proceed to peace — that the year 2004 will be the year of peace and national reconciliation,” Soro told reporters afterward. Full Story

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