As LURD Accuses Taylor of Importing Arms

By: Wellington Geevon-Smith
Accra, Ghana

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

August 2, 2003

With reports of the absence of President Charles Taylor in Monrovia on Friday to meet an ECOWAS diplomatic delegation, the main rebel group, LURD has accused Mr. Taylor of importing two ship loads of arms in the country.

LURD, on Friday's evening during a meeting with the mediators at the Accra Peace Conference, alleged that the shipment of arms came from a north African Country and a far eastern country in the former Soviet Block.

The LURD delegation said Mr. Taylor's insistence to re-capture the Port of Buchanan was to allow the two ships to dock safely since the Freeport of Monrovia was now under their control.

They accused Mr. Taylor of being far from of the desire of the Liberian people to restore sanity to the country.

Some Taylor's loyalists attending the conference countered the allegation as mere justification on the part of LURD to continue with their attack on Monrovia.

The Taylor's men informed this writer that the absence of their boss from Monrovia was misconstrued and that he had gone to Buchanan to brief his fighting forces on the latest development in the peace process.

Commenting on the claims that Taylor's loyalists had recaptured Buchanan, some members of the MODEL rebels delegation said they were in firm control of the port city.

MODEL alleged that their forces captured two containers of arms when the city fell to them a week ago.