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Peacekeepers Broker Accord in Countryside

September 10, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

West African peacekeepers made their first major move into Liberia's volatile countryside and brokered a cease-fire to end the latest battle between rebels and government troops.

Fighting erupted when rebels overran Kakata, 40 miles northeast of the capital, Monrovia, said Col. Theophilus Tawiah of Ghana, the peace force's chief of staff.

About 650 soldiers from Guinea-Bissau arrived just outside Kakata as the two sides traded fire. The contingent's Nigerian operations chief and a senior commander from Guinea-Bissau negotiated an end to the battle.

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