Tense ne­go­ti­a­tions end stand­off with sol­diers

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD -

BOUAKE, IVORY COAST >> Ivory Coast an­nounced a deal Fri­day night to end a stand­off with sol­diers who staged a mutiny last week, though the terms were not con­firmed and it was un­clear whether se­cu­rity would be fully re­stored in Africa’s fastest-grow­ing econ­omy.

The deal was reached af­ter tense ne­go­ti­a­tions in Bouake, the coun­try’s se­cond-largest city, be­tween sol­diers and a del­e­ga­tion led by the de­fense min­is­ter, said gov­ern­ment spokesman Bruno Kone.

In the hours be­fore the deal was an­nounced, hun­dreds of sol­diers con­verged on the house where the ne­go­ti­a­tions were tak­ing place.

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