And if we just briefly look at some of paragraph 1, it provides that:
"The Security Council requested me to keep the Council closely informed on the situation in Sierra Leone and to submit a further report by 5 March with recommendations on the future deployment of the United Nations observer mission in Sierra Leone."
Now moving to paragraph 2, "Rebel attack on Freetown and its aftermath":
"As described in my report of 7 January ...", which we've looked at, "... rebel fighters belonging to the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and the Revolutionary United Front attacked Freetown on 6 January 1999. The rebels attacked the city from the east and penetrated as far as the centre which they held for four days before being forced to withdraw by a counterattack. The fighting resulting in the deaths of between 3,000 and 5,000 persons, including rebel fighters, soldiers of ECOMOG, members of the CDF militia who were defending the capital and large numbers of civilian inhabitants. Many civilians were severely mutilated by the rebels. Up to 150,000 people were displaced in and around Freetown, and the rebels burnt down large numbers of public buildings and homes."
Then at paragraph 3:
"After fierce fighting, ECOMOG forces located in the western part of Freetown reinforced from the main ECOMOG base at Lungi managed to expel the rebels and regain control of the city. However, several thousand rebels are thought to remain in the peninsula mountains surrounding Freetown despite ECOMOG and CDF efforts to dislodge them. It is also believed that unknown numbers of rebels might have infiltrated the city and remain there ready to launch further attacks. Consequently the security situation in Freetown, despite recent improvements, should still be considered volatile. On 24 February ECOMOG succeeded in expelling the rebels from Waterloo, although they remain in a position to cut the main road from Freetown to Bo and Kenema.
The rebels are now thought to control much of the north of the country, though ECOMOG has, with varying success, contested rebel control around Lunsar, Port Loko and Kambia and retains possession of Kabala and Bumbuna. In the south, ECOMOG has repulsed several rebel attacks on Kenema. Around Bo, the second largest city in Sierra Leone, the situation remains calm but tense. Rebel forces reportedly rely on some foreign mercenaries, including some Europeans and Liberians, and are reported to be receiving weapons from outside the country.
During the crisis, which began in mid-December, ECOMOG received several thousand reinforcements from Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea and Mali. However, some doubt has been cast over the longer term future of ECOMOG in Sierra Leone in light of statements made by candidates in the Nigerian elections. The contribution of Nigeria to ECOMOG has been so central that ECOMOG's military viability could be threatened if that contribution were reduced. Though efforts to create a Sierra Leonean army deserve further support, the army is unlikely to be able to bear the burden alone, at least for the foreseeable future."
It then goes on to deal with UNOMSIL personnel. We need not bother with that, but just briefly skimming paragraph 7 note:
"Following rebel offensive in December and January, ex-soldiers in the disarmament and demobilisation camp at Lungi were relocated by the government in Freetown. The majority of them appear to have either joined the rebels or disappeared."
Let's go to paragraph 9, please, over the page. Again, just skimming at line 3:
"During the rebel attack on Freetown more than 200 policemen and members of their families were killed and police equipment and infrastructure were destroyed, including the criminal investigation department headquarters and all its files, records and documentation. The Pademba Road prison was also broken into and all of the prisoners escaped, a situation which poses a serious security threat. This has significantly impaired the government's efforts to maintain law and order in the city."
Then let's come now in a bit more detail to look at paragraphs 10 and 11 through to 14:
"The Government of Sierra Leone has continued to refine its policy with regard to negotiations with the rebels and to take initiatives accordingly. On 7 January, President Kabbah met with Corporal Foday Sankoh ..."
Pause there. When did you first learn of that meeting, Mr Taylor?