Liberian rebels were under renewed pressure to halt fighting and join the process of political reconciliation as a deal was reached to open the capital’s port to urgently-needed food and medical aid. The day following the Monday resignation as president and departure for exile of Charles Taylor was marred by renewed fighting in the second port city of Buchanan between government forces and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), a smaller rebel group based in the country’s south. The exit of former warlord Taylor for exile was hailed by African and world leaders as an opportunity to end 14 years of bloodshed in Liberia, but the main rebel group on Tuesday rejected working with his successor, former vice president Moses Blah. “We want to lead the interim government,” Sekou Fofana, the deputy secretary general of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), told AFP. Full Story
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