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World Bank Grant to Help Disarm 30,000 Ex-Fighters

IRIN (UN News)

4 January 2006

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BRAZZAVILLE — The World Bank and the Republic of Congo (ROC) have signed an agreement for a US $17-million grant to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate 30,000 former combatants in the country.

The agreement, signed on Tuesday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, falls $8 million short of the $25 million request the ROC made to the bank in February 2005, under the framework of the Multi-country Programme for Demobilisation and Reintegration. The World Bank representative in ROC, Midou Ibrahima, said any additional funding requests would be subject to separate negotiations…

In June 2005, the government financed an emergency demobilisation and reintegration programme for 450 ex-fighters in the Pool Department, at a cost of 250 million francs CFA (about $455,000). Under this effort, 507 guns and 3,682 rounds of ammunition were collected and then incinerated…

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