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U.S. Ponders $2 Million Reward That Angers Nigeria

The State Department said on Monday it had not decided what to do with a $2 million reward that appears to be targeted at former Liberian president Charles Taylor and that has angered Nigeria. The former Liberian president in August went into exile in Nigeria, which essentially did the United States a favor by taking him and by leading a West African peace-keeping force into Liberia to stop its long-running civil war. Legislation approved by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Bush provided the cash “for rewards for an indictee of the Special Court for Sierra Leone” — the most prominent of whom is Taylor — and drew protests from Nigeria. “A friendly nation would not encourage the violation of the sovereignty of Nigeria,” Nigerian presidential spokeswoman Oluremi Oyo said when asked whether the U.S. reward offer constituted a threat to Nigeria. Full Story

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