OAU Secretary General in Liberia for Talks on Border Conflict

Published January 4th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The secretary general of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was in Monrovia Thursday for talks with Liberian President Charles Taylor on restoring calm in the strife-torn border triangle of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 

A foreign ministry statement said Salim Ahmed Salim arrived Wednesday at the head of a four-member OAU delegation, and would leave for Conakry, Guinea, on Friday for discussions with Guinean president Lasana Conte. 

In an interview with President Taylor's radio station, Kiss FM, Salim said he would focus on efforts to restore peace among the three countries. 

Since early September Guinea's army has been fighting rebels along the border with Liberia and Sierra. The fighting has claimed at least 900 lives and displaced thousands, according to authorities in Conakry. 

President Lansana Conte's regime in Conakry has accused Liberia of trying to destabilise it with the help of rebels from Sierra Leone.  

Monrovia rejects the claim, and in turn has accused Guinea of fuelling a rebellion in northern Liberia. 

The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS decided last month to send a 1,600-strong peacekeeping force to Guinea's border to try to end the conflict -- MONROVIA (AFP) 



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