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New Liberian ceasefire appeal

The chief mediator in Liberian peace talks has appealed to the rival parties to sign a ceasefire agreement before trying to resolve political differences. Mohamed Ibn Chambas said there were many political parties and other “stakeholders” entitled to a say in the country’s next move. “The political future of Liberia should not be determined only by those factions which are armed, but by all Liberians,” Mr Chambas told the BBC. His appeal at the talks in Ghana came after the Liberian rebels repeated their demand that President Charles Taylor should step down as a precondition for signing the agreement to end four years of fighting. “Mr Taylor must leave office before we sign any formal ceasefire agreement. I want to make that emphatically clear,” said Kabineh Ja’neh from the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). But the Liberian Government has rejected the demand. Full Story

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