Let's go on:
"I was saying it was not good that we fight, and I met the
war on, and the war was coming out of Sierra Leone and from
Liberia, and I said that was not good and that we should
stop fighting. I was speaking from my own side as
President of Liberia, that it was not good to attack each
other, I was not investigating him, I told him that would
not happen and that if it happened in the past I was sorry
about it and that things were going on and on on both sides
of the country, but that during my presidency I would
discourage that and I would not let that happen.
Q. What was it that you said you were sorry for?
A. I told him that I was sorry, because I saw what
happened during the presidency of President Taylor that
there were a lot of accusations that Sam Bockarie was in
Liberia or he was not in Liberia and that Liberians had
entered into Sierra Leone to fight and a lot of things. A
lot of things were happening. And that I told him if these
things happed, I am sorry. Those were the things I started
by saying. And that those accusations, I was sorry about
them and that during my presidency they would not happen
any longer and that I was sorry about that. And it did not
happen. I stopped it.
Q. You said you visited Guinea and saw President Conte.
What did you say to him?
A. I told President Conte that there was war in Liberia
and that people were coming out of Guinea fighting in
Liberia and I apologised and I said, 'Please stop this, old
man, if you have the capacity to stop this was. From my
side you can rest assured that nobody will come out of
Liberia to attack your country as long as I'm President of
Liberia.' If there was anyone - I did not actually name
anybody, but if there is anybody coming out of Guinea to
fight against Liberia I said, 'Please sir, you should try
to discourage that so that we can live together once again
as good neighbours.' Conte promised and he admitted that
in fact there were groups coming out of Guinea to fight in
Liberia and then he said, 'Mr President, I welcome your
visit, but you should do one thing for me.' He said,
'Please allow your brothers, call them to you, talk to
them. Once you all start talking I will intervene.' That
was what he promised me. And he admitted that there was a
group coming out of Guinea to fight against Taylor's
government and he further said that I will tell them - I am
sorry, excuse me, that I will talk to them about attacking
Liberia and they will stop and he said, 'You have to do the
same thing for your side.'"
Now, Mr Taylor, did Lansana Conte ever make such an admission to you?