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Annan Says Rebels Hold Most of Liberia and Its Diamond Mines

Rebels have seized 60 percent of Liberia, including most of its diamond-mining areas, Secretary General Kofi Annan said today, citing West African officials. An impoverished West African nation of three million people, Liberia has acknowledged importing arms and ammunition, despite a United Nations arms embargo, in response to rebel offensives, Mr. Annan said told the United Nations Security Council. The rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy has been fighting on and off for the past three years to oust President Charles Taylor. A new rebel group calling itself the Movement for Democracy in Liberia appeared recently in the southeast, near the border with Ivory Coast, itself in the throes of a civil war closely linked to the one in Liberia. Liberia accuses neighboring Guinea and Ivory Coast of giving “active support” to antigovernment forces, Mr. Annan said. Full Story

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