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Kansteiner: Liberia - 2002-03-05

The Bush Administration’s top official for Africa says United Nations sanctions against Liberia are having an impact. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner says further sanctions against the government of Charles Taylor are being considered.

The sanctions were imposed following accusations that Liberia used the sale of diamonds to help support rebels in Sierra Leone. President Taylor has strongly denied the allegations and has called for the lifting of the sanctions.

Mr. Kansteiner spoke to Joe De Capua about Liberia, including the recent meeting of the presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea about cross-border tensions.