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Taylor to support peace talks in Lome

President Charles Taylor of Liberia will go to Lome on Friday in support of the effort to bring peace to Sierra Leone, Liberian Deputy Information Minister Milton Teahjay told IRIN on Thursday.

Teahjay said Taylor aimed to “work collectively and constructively with President Gnassingbe Eyadema to help bring the crisis in Sierra Leone to an end”. Eyadema, as chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is brokering peace talks in Lome between the Sierra Leone government and rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF).

Taylor will hold “broad-based consultations” with the RUF and government delegations during his visit, Teahjay said. The Liberian president is expected to return to Monrovia on Sunday although he may stay longer “if the debate becomes intricate,” Teejay added.

Liberia has been accused by the United States and Britain of supporting the RUF but it has always denied the allegation.

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