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Liberia's Taylor says coup against him failed, offers to set up govt

Liberian President Charles Taylor, charged with war crimes by a UN-mandated court, said a bid to oust him was put down while he was in Ghana for peace talks, and pledged to set up a unity government to help restore peace in Liberia. A day after his return from the Ghana talks, Taylor said in an address to the nation that high-ranking government officials had been incited by a foreign ambassador in Monrovia to launch a coup d’etat. Taylor did not name the accused foreign diplomat. He said he would dissolve his government next week to pave the way for “a transitional government that may be formed in Akosombo”, one of the towns near Ghana where working sessions of peace talks with rebels were due to begin Friday. Full Story

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