ECOWAS military mission tours Liberia

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A five-member military mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been touring conflict zones in rural Liberia, a Foreign Ministry official has disclosed.
The mission has toured the central Liberian town of Gbarnga, where government troops and dissident fighters fought over a fortnight ago, as well as centres hosting hundreds of displaced civilians on the outskirts of Monrovia.
It has also visited the western towns of Tubmanburg, Klay and others areas where fighting has taken place, the official said.
The mission arrived in the country at the weekend to assess the current military situation in Liberia where government troops and dissidents grouped under the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) movement have been fighting since 1999.
An ECOWAS heads of state meeting on 17 May in Yamousoukro, Côte d'Ivoire, set up the military mission as fighting between the government and LURD escalated.
Nigerian Colonel J.
Oladipo is heading the mission whose other members are from Mali, Senegal, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.

11 june 2002 13:56:00

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