Government, rebels agree to bury the hatchet

Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leonean government and the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) have agreed to sink their differences and speed the peace process in the country.
The RUF has been fighting successive Freetown governments for the past 10 years.
Attorney General and Justice Minister Solomon Berewa and the RUF's Peace and Political Council Chairman, Michael Omrie Golley signed the truce accord in Freetown Thursday.
A spokesperson of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Margaret Novicki, said the agreement was reached during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration, at UNAMSIL's Headquarters in Freetown.
The two parties also agreed to an accelerated schedule for the remainder of the Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration process.
On the issue of short guns, not covered by the Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration programme, Novicki said government has agreed to collect all such weapons with the collaboration of UNAMSIL.
"Weapons collected will be kept by UNAMSIL in safe custody," Novicki added.
UNAMSIL Force Commander Lt.
Daniel Opande told PANA "the meeting took place in an atmosphere of cordiality and constructive dialogue".
The next RUF-Government meeting is scheduled for 8 November.

12 october 2001 16:18:00

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