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  • Title: [SW News] (Reuters) Djibouti government, rebels sign peace accord
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  • Date :[]Tue Feb 08 2000 - 07:09:05 MST

Djibouti government, rebels sign peace accord
10:26 a.m. Feb 07, 2000 Eastern
PARIS, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Djibouti's last remaining rebels signed a ceasefire
on Monday to end a decade-old uprising by ethnic Afars in the Horn of Africa
nation.
The accord was signed in Paris by President Ismael Omar Guelleh's chief aide
Ali Guelleh Aboubaker and Ahmed Dini, head of the rebel Front for the
Restoration of Unity and Democracy (FRUD).
``The government wants peace. Our organisation wants peace. This accord
gives us the means to build a fairer society,'' Dini told a news conference.

Dini heads a faction of FRUD which had refused to lay down arms in 1994,
when the group's other wing decided to join the ruling People's Rally for
Progress party in governing the former French colony.
A joint statement said the peace accord came after Dini offered to
negotiate.
``Both sides have ordered a suspension of hostilities from today to allow
this framework accord to be implemented in good conditions,'' the statement
said.
The accord calls for reforms to improve decentralisation and democracy and
provides for the immediate release of both sides' prisoners -- 47 held by
the government and 10 in the hands of the FRUD rebels.
Dini, who has been in exile in France for a decade, said he would soon
return home.
The last major attack blamed on FRUD took place last April when a police
vehicle hit a landmine shortly after Guelleh was elected president. Seven
policemen were killed and four others injured.
FRUD, which the Djibouti government has accused of being backed by Eritrea,
had been fighting against the government since 1991.
Djibouti, which borders Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, won independence from
France in 1977. It hosts France's biggest military base in Africa.            


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