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Ivory Coast Army, Rebels Discuss Disarmament Process


Army and rebel leaders in Ivory Coast have resumed talks in a bid to work out details of a long-delayed disarmament process which was to begin Sunday.

Both sides say they are still working to define and agree on the number of locations where the rebels and loyalists will go to disarm.

According to a timetable approved by both sides, more than 40,000 and rebels and loyalist fighters should have started to move into temporary quarters.

The timetable calls for the armed groups to surrender their weapons to United Nations peacekeepers in September.

Tensions between the Ivory Coast government and rebels were heightened by a series of mysterious attacks on security forces last week.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuter.

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