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New Disarmament Plan Set in Ivory Coast


Warring parties in Ivory Coast have agreed to a new timetable for disarming fighters ahead of scheduled October elections.

The head of the country's disarmament committee, Alain Donwahi, says representatives of the army and rebel groups reached the deal Saturday after three days of talks in Yamoussoukro. He did not give details of the plan, which comes after the failure of a June deadline for disarming fighters.

Last month, the government and rebels pledged to renew peace efforts, including a plan for militias to hand over weapons by August 20.

Meantime, the top United Nations official on human rights, Louise Arbour, wrapped up a visit to Ivory Coast, where she expressed concern at a rise in abuses.

Sporadic violence has continued in Ivory Coast, which remains divided between government and rebel-held territories.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.

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