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23 Jun 2005 description
report United Nations

AFR/1199, DC/2972

(Received from a UN Information Officer.)

FREETOWN, 23 June - Returning ex-combatants to civilian life is one of the most critical elements for the success of African peace processes, argued African practitioners in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes, at a three-day conference in Freetown, Sierra Leone. "DDR has been at the heart" of the transition from war to peace, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone said. "Without a comprehensive DDR programme, the prospects for long-term stability will remain dim.