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In pictures: Enemies embrace
Rebel Colonel George P. Rollins (r), shakes the hand of a government fighter on the middle of the new bridge in the Liberian capital Monrovia
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Government troops and rebel soldiers tentatively met in the middle of the Gabriel Tucker bridge, which had been the front-line
A rebel fighter and government soldier greet each other and discuss the situation in the war-torn West-African nation
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Rival fighters embraced, calling each other brothers
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebel General Acapulco (c) asks government fighter Colonel George P. Rollins (l) why they were fighting.
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"Why are we fighting?" a rebel asked government troops
Nigerian peacekeeping force commander Brig. Gen. Festus Okonkwo (l) , Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebel Major General Seyeah Sheriff (c) and US Ambassador John Blaney (r)
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Officials ask rebel commanders to open up humanitarian access to Monrovia's port
A LURD rebel fighter signals his good intentions as the peacekeepers' convoy approaches
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Fighters wrapped white sheets around their weapons to signal peace
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels near the Irongate suburb around Monrovia's main seaport
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Rebels celebrated the arrival of aid workers, allowing them to cross bridges to the government-held town centre
A looter with tins of food
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There is still food to loot on the rebel-held side of the city, near the port
A Lurd child fighter caught looting a goods depot near Monrovia's harbour area
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But this child rebel soldier was punished for stealing supplies at Monrovia's port
The first of the Economic Community of West African States Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL) troops deploy
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Nigerian peacekeepers arrived at Robertsfield airport near the Liberian capital Monrovia on Monday
Civilians celebrate the passing of the peacekeepers' convoy
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They were greeted by ecstatic crowds who have witnessed weeks of violence



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