Kabbah agrees to broker peace between Taylor, Conte

Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone has agreed to mediate a dialogue between Guinean President Lansana Conte and his Liberian counterpart, Charles Taylor, state radio reported Thursday in Freetown.
Relationship between Taylor and Conte is contaminated with bad blood as both men have continually accused each other of supporting dissidents who have attacked each other's country since 1999.
The radio said Kabbah gave the assurance to executives of the Mano River Union Women's Peace Network led by its president Seray Kabbah during a meeting with him in Freetown before he left Tuesday for talks with Nigeria's President Kabbah in Abuja.
Kabbah has been holding talks with Obasanjo and Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare as well as other Nigerian government officials about current developments in the Sierra Leone peace process.
Freetown radio said Kabbah consented to attend a proposed meeting of the three heads of states of the Mano River Union, at a date to be fixed, apparently to neutralise tension among member states and chart a course for lasting peace in the subregion.
News reports say Taylor has also consented to attend the Mano River Union (MRU) conference.
Kabbah thanked the women for their initiative in teaming up in an effort to bring peace to the subregion.
He said the action of the women was in line with the aims and determination of the newly created African Union.
The Mano River Union Women Peace Network was formed nearly a year ago with the primary objective to restore peace in the subregion.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Rahmadan Dumbuya has been holding meetings with his counterparts in Guinea and Liberia most likely in search of peace in the subregion.

09 august 2001 13:43:00

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