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British envoy visits Freetown

Britain’s High Commissioner in Sierra Leone, who visited Freetown briefly yesterday, told Reuters “we need to help galvanise the government of Sierra Leone and the people to help them get back on their feet”.

Britain has given or pledged US $3.2 million to support ECOMOG which is trying to put down a rebellion against the legitimate government in Freetown. Sir Peter Penfold, temporarily operating out of neighbouring Guinea, told Reuters the British government has been “fully supporting” ECOMOG, flying in logistical equipment, communications and vehicles.

He was speaking after visiting Freetown’s main stadium.

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