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Nigeria wants trials for regional rebel backers

Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ignatius Olisiemeka said in Freetown that the leaders of Liberia and Burkina Faso should be tried for “funding the rebel atrocities against Sierra Leone”, Nigerian television, monitored by the BBC, reported yesterday. “We shall therefore make every effort within the international community to bring men like [Liberian President] Charles Taylor and his collaborators to justice,” he was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Taylor said countries in the region should remain united in spite of their “differences of opinion”, Monrovia’s Radio ELBC said yesterday. The radio, monitored by the BBC, quoted Taylor as praising Nigeria for being “the bedrock of west African security”.

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