Salvador to distribute 407,000 acres of landSAN...


Salvador to distribute 407,000 acres of land

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvador's hopes for lasting peace received a strong boost yesterday when the government and leftist rebels accepted U.N. proposals to redistribute 407,000 acres of land to 47,500 peasants and former fighters of both sides.

The agreement marks a triumph for the United Nations, which drew up its own proposals after failing to forge an agreement between the former warring parties over a bitter land dispute.

The dispute had begun to threaten peace accords signed in January to end 12 years of civil war.

Mozambique civil war pronounced over

MAPUTO, Mozambique -- President Joaquim Chissano said yesterday a cease-fire had started and Mozambique's 16-year civil war was officially over after the signing of a peace agreement with Renamo rebels.

The first group of 20 United Nations observers to monitor the cease-fire arrived in the Mozambican capital Thursday.

Iran opposition group steps up armed attacks

TEHRAN, Iran -- A senior clergyman said yesterday the opposition Mujahideen Khalq group had stepped up sabotage and armed attacks against Iran's Islamic government.

In a sermon at Tehran' mass prayer meeting, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said international human rights organizations failed to condemn killings by the Mujahideen but were always ready to denounce Iran for executing armed attackers.

Newspapers have reported a series of attacks in recent months.

Liberian capital shelled on eve of peace talks

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Shells slammed into the suburbs of Monrovia for the second day running yesterday while West African peacekeepers tried to stop the biggest rebel attack on the Liberian capital in two years.

The fighting comes four days before Liberia's rival factions are to attend a meeting with West African leaders in Benin, aimed at ending the civil war.

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