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Algerian Media Say Government Reached Peace Deal with Berbers

Algerian state media say the Algiers government has reached a peace deal with tribal leaders in the Kabylie region, where ethnic Berber hostility toward the government erupted into violence in 2001.

Details of the deal have not been announced. But state radio said a joint commission has been set up to implement the accord. Berber leaders had demanded more language, cultural and economic rights from the Arabic-speaking national government.

Long-standing tensions in the northeastern region exploded into violence in April 2001, after the death of a Berber teenager in government custody. At least 100 people were killed in weeks of rioting.

Ethnic Berbers, the first inhabitants of North Africa, make up one-fifth of Algeria's 32 million population.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.