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New call for Taylor to face trial

The UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone has welcomed a new call for the prosecution of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. The Guinea and Ivory Coast presidents have called for Mr Taylor to be tried for supporting rebels in Sierra Leone. They said moves to end conflict in the region are threatened by his impunity for alleged war crimes. Mr Taylor is currently living in exile in Nigeria after stepping down last year under a deal to end the civil war. The BBC’s Mark Doyle says the call for Mr Taylor’s prosecution is, on the face of it, a call to end impunity. But it also confirms a new alliance between Guinea and Ivory Coast which UN peacekeepers present in several countries in West Africa will now watch carefully. Full Story

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