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SHIPKOVICA, Macedonia (AP) _ Ethnic Albanian rebels declared a unilateral cease-fire in their battle against the army and police on Wednesday, hours before the expiration of a government ultimatum demanding they lay down their arms.

The concession was offered by Ali Ahmeti, the political head of the National Liberation Army, in a television broadcast in neighboring Kosovo.