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Afghanistan: UN Brokers Truce Between Factions

Kabul, 15 August 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The United Nations said today that it has brokered a cease-fire between two rival Afghan commanders after eight soldiers from the two factions were killed in a clash in the north of the country last weekend. UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida Silva said the soldiers were killed in fighting between the faction of Uzbek commander General Abdur Rashid Dostum and that of rival Tajik commander Ustad Atta in the Goosfandi district of Sari Pul Province.

He said a UN team, with a local security commission, negotiated a truce and retrieved the bodies. Silva said the truce took effect yesterday and so far is being respected.