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UN Meeting Seeks $488 Million to Rebuild Liberia

International aid officials called on governments and relief groups on Thursday to pledge $488 million to help rebuild Liberia or risk letting the war-shattered West African nation slip back into chaos. Unless a new government in Monrovia is promptly backed up with outside funding, civil war could again spill over into neighboring countries in an already unstable region, the officials told a U.N. conference on Liberian reconstruction. “After 14 years of conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed, and the continued political, economic and social disorder the country has endured, there is now the possibility of new hope for the people of Liberia,” said Mark Malloch Brown, administrator of the U.N. Development Program. “But it is a fragile peace and urgent action is now needed to help ensure that the gains that have been made toward Liberia’s recovery are not reversed,” Malloch Brown said. Full Story

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