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Main Liberian rebel group disarms as Bryant set to meet Bush

Liberia’s main rebel group pledged full cooperation with a UN-backed disarmament process as the west African state’s leader, Gyude Bryant, in Washington with US President George W. Bush. Bryant, who met the US president at the White House to discuss the west African nation’s reconciliation process after 14 years of almost continuous civil war, said Liberia would use international aid well. “We will use your resources very well in building a new Liberia and a peaceful Liberia — at peace with herself, her neighbors — and do all we can to help stabilize that region in West Africa,” Bryant told reporters. Bryant last week received promises from the United Nations and United States of 520 million dollars to rebuild Liberia, founded in the 19th century by freed American slaves. Full Story

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