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18 Dec 2005 description

DC/3059

With decades of experience in disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating ex-combatants, including some 400,000 over the past five years alone, the United Nations today launched a new set of standards aimed at improving the process, which is considered essential to restoring stability to war-ravaged countries.

"We're very proud of the work we've done so far in places like Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, where more than 134,000 combatants laid down their arms with United Nations help, but we acknowledge that we can do better," said United Nations Deputy …