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Anti-war activists have surrendered their fight to protest in Central Park before the Republican National Convention, accepting the city's offer to use a highway along Manhattan's far West Side for the rally.

The decision Wednesday ends a standoff that began last year between city officials and the anti-war group, United for Peace and Justice.

"We need to move on, so we decided to take the high road here," Leslie Cagan, the group's leader, said at a news conference. "It's not our first choice."

The Aug. 29 protest, called "The World Says No to the Bush Agenda," will begin at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue, head uptown past convention headquarters at Madison Square Garden, turn west on 34th Street and flow onto the West Side Highway.

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