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Congo Warns Hardcore Militiamen To Surrender

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BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese army is warning hardcore militiamen to stop fighting and surrender in order to benefit from a general amnesty scheduled to take effect 15 January.
"They are marginal, irreducible who want to continue waging war in the regions of Pool, Niari, Bouenza and Lekoumou, in South-west Congo," the head of operations of the Congolese Armed Forces, Gen. Prosper Nkonta Mokono, said.

The national transitional council (parliament) last week adopted a bill granting the amnesty to militiamen who shall have laid down arms by 15 January.

"If on that date, the irreducible ones do not lay down their arms, we will do our work and these marginal will be crashed," Mokono further warned when he presented members of the monitoring committee of the Pointe-Noire accord.

The agreement was signed 16 November by the army and the representatives of some rebel groups.

Meanwhile, the Ninja rebels who are loyal to former Prime Minister Bernard Colelas, and have been attacking the Pool region, 13 December started handing in their weapons to the military authorities.

According to their commander, Bernard Ntandou, they handed in some 400 weapons in Pool and in Brazzaville.

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