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Swedish Foreign Minister calls for dialogue

Sweden’s state secretary for foreign affairs, Hans Dahlgren, has urged Guinea and Liberia to hold talks in light of reports of increased violence and serious humanitarian problems along their border, the Swedish government reported.

Dahlgren visited Mali, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia on 29-31 May at the head of a delegation from the European Union (EU). The Swedish official, who met on Thursday with Liberian President Charles Taylor, called on Liberia’s government to meet Security Council demands that it stop all contacts with Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in Sierra Leone.

On 7 May, the Security Council imposed an embargo on trade in diamonds from Liberia and travel abroad by members of the Liberian government following reports that it was involved in arms-for-diamonds trafficking with the RUF. Dahlgren said the EU supported the sanctions given Liberia’s involvement in Sierra Leone’s civil war.

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