ECOWAS mission assesses situation in Liberia

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A five-strong military delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is currently taking pulse of the civil strife in Liberia, according to Foreign Ministry sources in Monrovia.
The mission, which arrived in the Liberian capital last Friday, is led by Col.
Oladipo of Nigeria, and is touring parts of the strife-torn West African country to assess the military situation there.
The Liberian government has for several weeks now been struggling to fend off an insurgency from the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Development (LURD) movement, which is bent on dislodging President Charles Taylor from power.
Scores of civilians have been killed in the fighting and nearly 100,000 others displaced within and outside the country.
ECOWAS recently proposed a cease-fire between the government and the dissidents, but the authorities in Monrovia dismissed the idea, saying it would somewhat give the dissidents recognition and "undue credibility.
" The ECOWAS military mission was set up last May in the Ivorian city of Yamoussoukro, in accordance with a summit decision of the bloc's Heads of State.
Other members of the mission are Col.
Mahamane Toure of Mali, Col.
Yoro Kone of Senegal, Lt.
Ledzekpo of Ghana and Lt.
Coulibaly Zie of Cote d'Ivoire.

09 june 2002 09:15:00

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