Liberian Foreign Minister Monie Captan says there is no basis for continued diplomatic and economic sanctions against Liberia. The United Nations imposed sanctions because of Liberia?s support for rebels in neighboring countries. Liberia has repeatedly denied such interference.

Mr. Captan tells our reporter the government has made progress in the areas of human rights and provision of infrastructures. He says government troops are in control in most parts of the country, and he called on opponents of the government to participate in the ongoing national reconciliation meeting.

Mr. Captan denied any unlawful detentions, accusing those in jail of being involved in war activities. He says the government is prepared to free all those in detention as part of a political settlement to the crisis. The foreign minister says western governments are still wary of doing business with Monrovia because they do not fully understand the situation.