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Diplomatic efforts to end fighting

The Foreign Ministers of Togo and Cote d’Ivoire, Joseph Koffigoh and Amara Essy, arrived at Freetown’s Lungi International Airport today to meet Sierra Leonean President Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and RUF commander Sam Bockarie.

AFP reported that the ministers hoped to convince Bockarie that detained rebel leader Foday Sankoh had ordered a ceasefire after meeting Kabbah on Wednesday. Bockarie rejected the appeal saying he will only stop fighting if he receives his orders from Sankoh in person and only on neutral ground.

Liberian President Charles Taylor has called for an emergency meeting of ECOWAS leaders on Sierra Leone, the independent Star Radio reported on Saturday. It said a four-man Liberian delegation led by Vice President Enoch Dogolea was to brief ECOWAS leaders.

ECOWAS Executive Secretary Lansana Kouyate is expected in Lome tomorrow (Tuesday) for emergency talks on Sierra Leone with Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, Reuters said. Togo is the current ECOWAS president.

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