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Vol 37 No 4

Published 16th February 1996


Liberia

Keeping what peace?

The warlords behind the six-year conflict want to take control of the peacekeeping operation from the ECOMOG troops

Who rules Liberia? At present, nobody. Since 1990, the nearest thing to a national authority has been the peacekeeping force of the Economic Community of West African States. Formally, the Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) depends upon ECOWAS but its power derives mainly from Nigeria, whose troops (along with those of Ghana) dominate it. Some Liberian warlords now say they want to reclaim sovereignty for Liberians.

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