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UN Floats Liberia Exile Plan

The UN Security Council’s current president has said publicly for the first time that exile for Liberia’s President Charles Taylor could be a means to end the civil war in his country. President Taylor faces an indictment for war crimes in neighbouring Sierra Leone, where he backed rebels in the war that ended in 2001. But the British UN Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock said on a tour of Western Africa that although the UN ruled out impunity for alleged war criminals, it understood that regional leaders had to take their own decisions. The UN ambassadors have also decided not to go to Monrovia on their tour due to security concerns. Sir Jeremy’s comments come amid mounting international pressure on the United States to lead a peacekeeping force in Liberia, although Washington says it is still considering its options. Full Story

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