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Vol 37 No 10

Published 10th May 1996


Liberia

Out of control

After the latest shoot out in Monrovia, West Africans want their peacekeepers to get tough or get out

Without a sustained commitment from Washington and the United Nations to help West African peacekeeping efforts and without an enforceable timetable for the disarmament of Liberia's warring factions, little was going to be achieved by the latest round of peace talks in Accra. When the talks opened on 7 May, two of the principal warlords – Charles Taylor and Alhaji G.V. Kromah – stayed away. Many Liberians suspect that this was because they did not want to be bound by the meeting, which is the 14th multinational attempt to sign a ceasefire and disarmament protocol.

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