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Rebels, Government Agree to Sign Truce

August 24, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Guatemala's warring parties have agreed to sign a final cease-fire agreement in Oslo, formally concluding Central America's last and longest war. Rebels and government leaders agreed to a signing ceremony in Oslo sometime in October, Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Jan Egeland said by telephone from Guatemala. Two weeks ago, both sides declared their intention to end the decades-long war by the end of the year. A temporary cease-fire signed March 20 has held and is to be made permanent at the Oslo ceremony, Egeland said.

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