Cease-fire Agreement Likely Today

By Moses M. Zangar, Jr.
Akosombo, Ghana

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

June 12, 2003

Although the ongoing peace conference on Liberia has successively failed to get underway, there are positive signals that the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Government and dissident factions is imminent.

The talks were due to have resumed last Thursday but were postponed owing the absence of one of the critical dissident factions, the rebel Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) coupled with the renewed military aggression on the capital, Monrovia.

A MODEL political delegation headed by J. D. Slanger, D. Eugene Wilson has arrived for talks in Akosombo. Ealier, its military delegation headed by Spokesman Gen. Boi Bleaju Boi and Col. Christopher Deebie arrived at the conference hall.

Already, President Charles Taylor has agreed to ceasefire. His agreement follows a visit by a team of diplomats currently finding a truce in the war.

Sources closed to the facilitators have disclosed that a draft of the ceasefire agreement has been sent to each of the fighting forces. Defense Minister Daniel is expected in Akosombo today to sign on behalf of the government on the military aspect of the agreement.

Meanwhile, the talks are expected to resume today with all the parties to the conflict present.

The two rebel groups have expressed willingness to sign a ceasefire agreement.