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ECOWAS, UN officials hold talks with Kabbah

The head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Secretary-General Lansana Kouyate, travelled to the capital Freetown yesterday to meet Sierran Leonean President Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, news reports said. AFP cited an ECOWAS statement as saying ECOWAS envoys had recently met both Kabbah and rebel leader Foday Sankoh “with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis.” The Nigerian-led West African intervention force ECOMOG in Sierra Leone operates under an ECOWAS mandate. Meanwhile, news reports said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sierra Leone, Francis Okelo, had held talks with Kabbah yesterday in Freetown.

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