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Foreigners Flee Liberia Fighting

A further evacuation of foreign nationals from Liberia is to take place amid intense fighting for the capital, Monrovia. Ghana has announced that it is sending a warship and several aircraft to remove its citizens after French military helicopters flew more than 500 Europeans, Lebanese and United States citizens from the city. Rebels are closing in on the centre of Monrovia in their campaign against President Charles Taylor. The United Nations Security Council has expressed deep concern, and called on all sides to cease hostilities. A UN spokesman said Secretary General Kofi Annan was “alarmed at the severe impact which intensified fighting between rebels and government forces in Liberia is having on Monrovia’s one million inhabitants”. A team of West African mediators has now arrived in Monrovia and are reported to be meeting President Taylor n an effort to agree a ceasefire, and enable stalled peace talks in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to resume. Full Story

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