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Moldovans agree truce

(First Edition)

CHISINAU (Reuter) - The warring sides in Moldova began pulling back their artillery and tanks yesterday following a new ceasefire accord, the Moldovan Defence Minister, Ion Kostash said. Infantry units are due to follow later.

The agreement, the most serious attempt yet to halt the bloodshed in the former Soviet republic, was signed on Tuesday evening by senior military officers from Moldova and the separatist Dnestr region. A representative of the Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, was party to the agreement, signed in neighbouring Ukraine.

Press spokesmen for each side accused the other of shelling attacks near Dubossary after the ceasefire came into force at midnight on Tuesday. Elsewhere, the accord seemed to be holding.