Rebel leader says no disarmament before passage of reforms

Guillaume Soro, the leader of Cote d’Ivoire’s rebel movement, has flatly refused to start disarming his forces on Friday, as demanded by his latest pact with President Laurent Gbagbo, saying political reforms which were supposed to have preceded the move have not been enacted. Soro told IRIN at an interview in his stronghold of Bouake in central Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday that he would wait “for as long as it takes” for the reforms, agreed in a January 2003 peace agreement to be implemented. But the rebel leader stressed that he would not order his men to surrender their weapons to UN peacekeepers until these reforms were fully in place. Full Story

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