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Liberia and Sierra Leone discuss border security

Liberian President Charles Taylor and the vice-president of Sierra Leone, Joseph Demby, met on Saturday to discuss the possibility of securing border-monitoring troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS.

Demby was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that ECOWAS was “working on” the idea of stationing peacekeepers along the borders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to prevent an escalation of hostilities.

Nearly 12,500 peacekeepers are stationed in Sierra Leone to help end the war there that began in 1991 with an invasion of fighters from Liberia. There have been several attacks on Guinean territory by fighters based in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the past month, raising tension in three countries.

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