US urges Liberia to secure peace

from the BBC newsroom
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The United States ambassador to Liberia, Bismarck Myrick, has issued a strongly worded statement calling on President Charles Taylor to do much more to bring lasting peace and stability to his country.

Mr Myrick urged the Liberian leader to grant an unconditional amnesty to all of his political opponents and to discipline members of the security forces who have harassed political and civil leaders.

He called on Mr Taylor to respect press freedom and to allow private radio stations to operate.

Liberia's Foreign Minister, Monie Captan, said he was disappointed by the ambassador's statement.

Relations between the US and Liberia have been strained since Charles Taylor became president five years ago.

Saturday, 2 March, 2002, 15:49 GMT

© Robert W. Kranz  09-02-2002