Ivory Coast: January 10, 2004


The Prime Minister officially launched the campaign to disarm the Ivory Coast's assorted armed groups, which will be difficult since there are no accurate figures on how many men are under arms. The only definite figure is that the Ivorian military had 18,500 troops enlisted before the war began in September 2002. 

The current plan has the country broken down into zones, each with an armory and a disarmament camp. This will allow independent monitors to inventory weapons and fighters, as well as prepare camps for fighters to enter a demobilization and rehabilitation program. What those former fighters will actually do after they stand down is an unanswered question. - Adam Geibel


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