Liberian Government Accuses Guinea Again

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted June 24, 2003

There are reports of heavy artillery shelling across the Liberian border by Guinean regular forces. The shelling which started late this week has continued throughout Sunday with reports of casualties and massive destruction of properties.

A Ministry of Information release quoting military sources from Ganta, Nimba County, says tank fire and heavy mortar rounds from across the Guinean-Liberian border continue to terrify residents of Ganta and civilians in adjoining towns and villages.

No explanation has been given for the shelling of Liberian territory by Guinean forces, however since LURD dissidents attacked Ganta a few weeks ago, they

have been allowed to retreat back into Guinea, where they have received supplies and reinforcements with the assistance of the Guinean army, the Ministry of Information release said.

"The Government of Liberia is filing a protest with the Guinean embassy in Monrovia and making a representation to the ECOWAS, AU and United Nations.

"The Liberian Government has made it clear that it does not intend to respond to this provocation by returning fire or engaging in any way with the Guinean forces, but strongly calls on the Guinean government to desist from violating the territorial integrity of Liberia", the MICAT release concluded.

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