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Liberia and Instability in West Africa - 2002-12-10


The growing instability in West Africa, and Liberia's alleged role in it, has been the focus of international attention for the past three years. And as armed conflict continues to spread in the region, experts on the unfolding crisis are discussing – what they call - the destabilizing influence of President Charles Taylor’s government; the regional dimensions of the violence; and U.S. foreign policy toward the region. English to Africa reporter Josephine Kamara was at a panel discussion hosted by the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Among the speakers were the US Institute of Peace chairman Chester Crocker, also former Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, William Bellamy. In Josephine’s report, the Liberian government, represented by the Liberian Charges D’Affaires at the Liberian Embassy in Washington DC, Aaron Kollie, denies any involvement in the Ivorian conflict.

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