Taylor Changes His Mind, Heads For OAU Summit

MONROVIA- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor finally left the country Tuesday for Libya to attend an extraordinary summit of the OAU opening in Sirte Wednesday.
Taylor, who had called off his trip to Libya, is reported to have had a last minute change of mind to join his counterparts at the summit arranged by the Libyan leader, Col.
Moammar Kadhafi.
According to the information minister, Joe Mulbah, Liberian Vice-President Enoch Dogolea, who had Sunday headed the country's delegation to Libya, will now return home.
Taylor, who did not attend previous OAU summits, told reporters in June when he stayed away from the Algiers summit that "huge arrears" owed to the organisation prevented his attendance.
This will be Taylor's second visit to Libya since he was elected president in July 1997 in democratic elections which formally ended seven years of brutal civil war launched by his National Patriotic Front of Liberia in 1989.
His cadres were trained in Libya, and his rebel movement was openly known to have received support from the Libyan leader.
Meanwhile, The Inquirer independent newspaper reported Tuesday that Liberia owes the OAU some 2.
4 million US dollars spanning a period of over 10 years.
The paper quoted Liberia's permanent representative to the OAU and ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Kofa, as saying that Monrovia would only participate in the summit but will not serve on any committee to be set up because of its indebtedness

08 september 1999 09:29:00




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