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Ceasefire accord in Liberia?
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Saturday, 14 June 2003
President Charles Taylor and rebels who have been besieging the capital Monrovia for nearly a week accepted in principle June 11 a ceasefire accord put to them by western African mediators, Ghanaian foreign minister Addo Akufo-Addo told reporters. Delegates to the peace talks for Liberia briefly met June 6 for working sessions aimed at ended the latest war to rock the west African country, launched when the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rose up against Taylor, a former warlord from an earlier civil war who was elected president in 1997. But the talks faltered soon after they started as news that a LURD offensive had brought the rebels to the doorstep of Monrovia reached negotiators in Akosombo, near the Ghanaian capital Accra. United Nations relief agencies in Liberia, forced to evacuate staff and suspend deliveries of desperately needed medical and health supplies, warned that a "dire humanitarian situation" is unfolding as rebel forces close in on Monrovia.
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