- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 6, 2003

IVORY COAST
Warring sides to meet in Ghana today
ABIDJAN West Africa geared up yesterday for a new bid to resolve Ivory Coast's five-month war with talks in Ghana as rebels ruled out giving up top government posts to rescue a tottering peace deal.
Ivory Coast's three rebel movements and President Laurent Gbagbo were to visit Ghana today at the invitation of President John Kufuor, the rotating chairman of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States. The regional bloc has been trying to defuse the war in Ivory Coast since the conflict began in September.

NIGERIA
Obasanjo's party blamed for pre-election killing
ABUJA Gunmen killed a leading opposition politician at his home here in the capital yesterday, sharply raising tensions before the April 19 presidential election.
Opposition leaders blamed President Olusegun Obasanjo and his People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the killing of Harry Marshall, a close aide of main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP). The ruling PDP denied the charge.
"We must warn that nobody has the monopoly on violence," said Don Etiebet, the ANPP chairman, sitting next to a silent Mr. Buhari.

LIBERIA
Government forces regain eastern town
MONROVIA, Liberia Government forces have recaptured a strategic town near the eastern border with Ivory Coast after several days of clashes, Defense Minister Daniel Chea has confirmed.
He said the border settlement of Toe, overrun by rebels of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) Friday, is back in government hands. LURD began the conflict in 2000 to oust President Charles Taylor.
Until recently, most LURD attacks had come from their northern bases in Lofa County and forest hide-outs nearer Monrovia. Fighting just across the border in the western part of Ivory Coast has given the Liberian rebels another launching pad for attacks.

Weekly notes
A top South African politician has quit Parliament in the wake of his fraud conviction in the purchase of a luxury vehicle during a $5.5 billion Daimler-Benz Aerospace arms deal, the ruling party said yesterday. Tony Yengeni, the African National Congress' former chief whip, was convicted last month after a plea bargain freed him of corruption charges. … Three arrested Rwandan rebels have been brought to the United States for trial in the brutal 1999 murders of Americans Susan Miller, 42, and her husband, Robert Haubner, 48, at the Bwindi national park in Uganda, the Justice Department announced in Washington this week. Six other English-speaking tourists and a park guard were also slain. The three reputed members of the Liberation Army of Rwanda Francois Karake, 38; Gregoire Nyaminani, 32; and Leonidas Bimenyimana, 34 were captured in Rwanda by the FBI on Saturday with the help of the Rwandan government.

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