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Peace Deal Signed for Congo War

May 15, 1999

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ African leaders agreed Saturday in Libya on a peace deal that calls for a regional cease-fire and the first direct talks between Congo and its rebel fighters.

The agreement was reached in the Libyan coastal city Sirte, where Congolese President Laurent Kabila and Rwandan Vice President Paul Kagame participated in an African summit. It was the first time the two had met together _ albeit in a gathering _ since Congo’s war against Rwandan-backed rebels began nine months ago.

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