ECOWAS military mission arrives in Liberia

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A five-man military delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) arrived in the country Friday on an assessment mission, the Foreign Ministry has announced.
It said the mission, headed by Nigerian Colonel J.
A.
P.
Oladipo, will assess the "current military situation in the country" during its stay.
The Liberian government has been locked in battle with an insurgent group, Liberian United for Reconciliation and Development (LURD) which has been fighting to unseat President Charles Taylor since 1999.
Scores of civilians have been killed in the fighting and nearly 100,000 others displaced internally and externally.
During their recent meeting in Cote d'Ivoirea, ECOWAS leaders proposed a cease-fire between the government and the dissidents.
Monrovia rejected the proposal, saying this could put the group at "par" with it and give the dissidents "undue credibility.
" The ECOWAS Military Mission was set up last May in the Ivorian city of Yamoussoukro in accordance with a decision of the ECOWAS heads of state.
Others in the ECOWAS delegation are Col.
Mahamane Toure of Mali, Col.
Yoro Kone of Senegal, Lt.
Colonel D.
K.
M.
Ledzekpo of Ghana and Lt.
-Col.
Coulibaly Zie of Cote d'Ivoire.

07 june 2002 22:00:00




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