LURD Controls Gbarnga, Takes Klay And Advances On Monrovia
By Office of the National Spokesman and Chairman Strategy and Public Relations Committee
Voinjama, Lofa County, Republic of Liberia -- Press Release May 12, 2002
News report by the Monrovia NPFL /NPP rebel regime of Charles Taylor that
Gbarnga is no man's land is untrued and misleading. LURD's forces are in
full control of Gbarnga and surrounding towns in Bong County, central
Liberia. We are now pursuing Taylor's ATU rebel soldiers and foreign
mercenaries at the notorious Gbatala sub terrorist base in upper Bong
County towards Monrovia.
Meanwhile, our Executive Marines troop is advancing heavily on the Liberian
capital Monrovia by way of Klay, in Bomi County. Suehn district, Klay and
nearby towns are under LURD's control.
At the moment, Po River, a few miles from Brewerville, an outskirt of
Monrovia is under serious military attack. We are capable of over running
Monrovia, but our defense staff is analyzing possible means in getting
Taylor while reducing civilian casualties in Monrovia.
Taylor's forces are on the run and at the same time committing atrocities
against the civilian population. We condemn this behavior and call on the
international community to ask Taylor and his bandits to stop same. We also
appeal for humanitarian assistance for civilians in all parts of the
We call on all officials of the Taylor regime to be calm. We assure them of
maximum security protection and freedom as Liberian citizens. We do not
want them and will not permit anybody to harass them. They are Liberians
and will be accorded every respect as enshrined within the Liberian
We call on all civil servants that their jobs will be secured. We ask all
those responsible to maintain law and order to go about their normal duties
but operate within the confines of the Laws of Liberia. We advise civilians
to try by all means to be indoor regularly and avoid the streets because
Taylor wants to fall with many people in his grave.
-- The End --
May 12th, 2002