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Guinea-Bissau Standoff Continues; International Negotiators Expected - 2004-10-07


Negotiators from West African and Portuguese-speaking countries are expected Thursday in Guinea-Bissau, to help end a military revolt staged by soldiers unhappy over unpaid wages.

Meanwhile, the mutinous soldiers have listed their demands, saying they want payment of back wages for peacekeeping duties in Liberia, as well as better living conditions in barracks.

The soldiers also say they want an end to what they call corruption in the former Portuguese colony's armed forces.

Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio called the revolt a coup attempt.

But witnesses said there are no soldiers on the streets and schools and businesses are open as usual in Bissau, the capital.

Guinea-Bissau's military chief of staff, General Verissimo Correia Seabra and army spokesman Colonel Domingos Barros were killed on Wednesday, the day the revolt began.

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