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Disarmament Nearly Complete, U.N. Says

January 06, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The United Nations' peacekeeping force said it had disarmed all but a few of Sierra Leone's remaining fighters, allowing one of the world's poorest nations to begin recovering from a brutal civil war.

Oluyemi Adeniji, the U.N.'s special representative in the West African country, confirmed that the force had all but met Saturday's official deadline for disarming the tens of thousands of fighters who fought on both sides in more than 10 years of civil war--with just a few stragglers remaining.

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