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West Africa decides to send peacekeepers to Liberia

West African leaders decided to send the first batch of a peacekeeping force to war-torn Liberia in two weeks as US military experts inspected the country’s crumbling infrastructure for possible aid missions. Ghana’s Foreign Minister Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo told AFP from Mozambique, where continental leaders were gathering for an African Union summit, that the first contingent of the proposed force would be sent between “10 to 14 days”. Akufo Addo said the total strength of the peacekeepers would be between 1,000 and 1,500, adding: “We are hammering out the details of how large the initial force will be and which countries will contribute to it.” The decision was taken by the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which has been trying to broker peace in Liberia. Ghana holds the rotating presidency of the regional bloc. Full Story

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