Congo: Government, Resistance Movement Sign Cease-fire

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese army and the Resistance self-defence forces Wednesday signed an agreement to end the civil war that has raged in that country since December 1998.
The agreement, signed in the presence of Presidents Denis Sassou Nguesso and Omar Bongo of Gabon, is expected end the hostilities in the Niari, Bouenza and Lekoumou regions in southern Congo, where there have been regularly clashes between government troops and militiamen loyal to deposed President Pascal Lissouba and his prime minister, Bernard Kolelas.

It also provides for dialogue, the integrating the Resistance's self-defence forces, the opening of a humanitarian corridor for the return of the displaced people.

The new agreement, negotiated last week in Libreville, comes after the one signed 16 November in Pointe-Noire.

It was signed by Gen. Gilbert Moukoki, the commander of the land forces, and five members of the National Resistance Council, led by Rev. Frederic Missamou, who was represented by Col. Pierre Mboungou-Mboungou, vice president of the council in charge of security issues.

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