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Peaceful solutions for Suriname.

A disarmament process began in Suriname on August 22, in accordance with a formal peace agreement signed on August 8 by the national government and five rebel groups that have operated illegally in the country for the past six years. The weapons and other military equipment in the hands of the illegally armed groups were handed over to the OAS in three separate disarming points in the interior and coastal areas. The materials were destroyed on-site by a joint team composed of representatives of the OAS, the National Police, the National Army and the rebel groups.

In addition to effecting an amnesty law, the Agreement for National Reconciliation and Development between the government of President Ronald Venetiaan and the five rebel groups--"Jungle Commando," "Tucayana Amazons," "Angula Movement for Liberation," the "Mandelas," and the "Koffimakkas"--will establish economic zones for the tribal communities and implement several projects for the development of the interior.

The OAS has been involved in the peace process in Suriname since 1990. A special mission was sent to Paramaribo last July by OAS Secretary General Joao Clemente Baena Soares, at the request of the Surinames government, to assist directly in the final negotiations and the demobilization process.

The OAS mission will continue to work in Suriname for at least two more years to help strengthen national institutions and democratic order.
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Date:Sep 1, 1992
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