And indeed they say they endorsed - they concurred with the findings of panel and endorsed its recommendations.
"It is almost two weeks since the council and an ECOWAS ministerial delegation met privately in New York to consider the question of imposing a series of sanctions against Liberia. While there was overwhelming support for sanctions, ECOWAS felt that such measures should be delayed for at least two months to allow the Government of Liberia to comply with a number of commitments it had made to ECOWAS to address the problems."
And then if we skip the next paragraph.
"Conscience of the need to muster the widest possible support among members of the UN Security Council for the proposed sanctions, the Government of Sierra Leone was even prepared to consider a compromise. Namely, that should the council decide to adopt a draft resolution on sanctions against Liberia immediately, but to have it take effect two months thereafter, Sierra Leone would go along with such a course of action.
However, the Government of Sierra Leone has since come to the conclusion that the basis on which ECOWAS had advocated a two-month delay in the imposition of sanctions is gradually being eroded by the Liberian government itself. First of all, the least that the Government of Liberia could have done to strengthen the credibility of ECOWAS, and to justify the proposed two-month delay, was to have taken immediate and verifiable action within these two weeks, to fulfil some of those basic commitments that did not require technical or financial assistance from any international organisation."
Then it goes on to list your failures in several areas that it says - the Government of Sierra Leone says you could have taken action:
"It has failed, for instance, to show proof and independent verification of the steps it claims it has taken to disengage itself from the RUF. It continues to harbour senior members of the RUF and their families. It continues to violate the arms embargo imposed by resolution 788 (1992), the provisions concerning the sale or supply of arms and related material imposed by resolution 1171 (1998), as well as it's obligations under the ECOWAS agreement on a moratorium on the importation, exportation and manufacture of small arms and light weapons in West Africa.
The Government of Liberia is also gradually eroding the credibility of ECOWAS by demonstrating a lack of understanding of the seriousness of the situation and its implications for peace and stability in the West African sub-region, including Liberia itself.
Thirdly, the most disturbing aspect of the situation is that the Liberian government continues to demonstrate, through complacency and delaying tactics, its belief that the Security Council is incapable of taking any action against that government without the concurrence of ECOWAS. This belief is at the core of the whole question of whether or not the imposition of sanctions should be delayed."
And then if we skip the next paragraph.
"The Sierra Leone government is convinced now, more than ever, that at the end of any two-month delay in the Security Council's consideration of sanctions, Liberia plans to request the council, through ECOWAS, to allow it more time to comply with the ECOWAS commitments. It would also argue that it lacks the financial and technical resources required to comply with those commitments.
While the Government of Sierra Leone is fully aware of the emerging international consensus that in imposing sanctions the Security Council should ensure, among other things, that such measures do not create unbearable humanitarian consequences for innocent people. It is of the view that this is no longer a convincing argument in terms of the scope of sanctions now under consideration for Liberia."
And then in the next paragraph the Government of Sierra Leone asks the council to consider various things in deciding on the nature and scope of timing of sanctions and those include that all member states of ECOWAS support the imposition of sanctions against Liberia.
"As the current chairman of ECOWAS, President Alpha Konare of Mali told the millennium summit meeting of the Security Council, 'Sanctions form part of the means by which the organisation can take action. They must be adapted to their specific goals. The recent sanctions relating to the illicit exploitation of natural resources demonstrate how much more effective targeted sanctions can be.'
No member of ECOWAS has argued that the proposed sanctions against Liberia would create serious humanitarian consequences for the people of Liberia. On the contrary, the people of Liberia have openly supported the adoption of sanctions resolution on their country. They cite the fact that only a handful of people who had been identified in the UN expert panel's report, and who benefit directly from privileges, would have their privileges suspended if sanctions were imposed on Liberia."
So, Mr Taylor, in this letter, President Kabbah, the Government of Sierra Leone makes no mention at all of your role as the point President for peace. Isn't that correct?