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East Timor's Ramos-Horta to Help Mediate Guinea-Bissau Dispute - 2004-10-07

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

East Timorese Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said, Thursday, he will go to the former Portuguese colony to help mediate the dispute.

The mutineers say their revolt is not a coup. They say they want payment of back wages for peacekeeping duties in Liberia, better living conditions and an end to military corruption.

But Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio has called the revolt a coup attempt against Guinea-Bissau's elected government.

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.

The U.S. State Department says it is monitoring the situation and supports Guinea-Bissau's efforts to consolidate democracy.