The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

"...hereby agree as follows:

Article 1. The armed conflict between the Government of Sierra Leone and the RUF is hereby ended with immediate effect. Accordingly, the two foes will ensure that a total cessation of hostilities is observed forthwith.

Article 2. The government and the RUF undertake that no effort shall be spared to effect the scrupulous respect and implementation of the provisions contained in this peace agreement to ensure that the establishment and consolidation of a just peace becomes a priority in Sierra Leone.

Article 3. A national body to be known as the Commission for the Consolidation of Peace shall be established within two weeks of the signing of this agreement. The commission shall be a verification mechanism responsible for supervising and monitoring the implementation of, and compliance with, all the provisions contained in this peace agreement.

The commission, in fulfilment of this task during the period of consolidating the peace, shall coordinate and facilitate the work of the following bodies which will proceed to establish: 1. Socioeconomic forum; citizen's consultative conferences; multi-partisan council; trust fund for the consolidation of peace; demobilisation and resettlement committee; national budget and debt committee.

The committee shall comprise representatives of the government and the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone, drawing on the resources of state and civic institutions as and when necessary.

The commission shall have the power to recommend the preparation of enabling measures contained in the peace agreement. It shall have the power to issue publicly its conclusions. The parties undertake to comply with the conclusions of the commission.

The commission shall have the power to prepare preliminary legislative drafts necessary for the implementation and development of the provisions contained in the present peace agreement.

The parties undertake to consult the commission before taking decisions on measures relating to the present peace agreement.

The commission may similarly consult the parties at the highest level whenever it is appropriate.

The commission shall have access to and may inspect any activity or site connected with the implementation of the present peace agreement. The commission shall have full powers to organise its work in the manner in which it deems most appropriate and to appoint any group or subcommittee which it may deem useful in the discharge of its functions?

The commission shall have its own offices, adequate communication facilities and adequate secretariat support staff.

A trust fund for the consolidation of peace shall be established to provide funding for the implementation of the present peace agreement."

Should we take it, Mr Fayia, that this Commission for the Consolidation of Peace, the CCP, was a very important body - was contemplated to be a very important body by the parties to this accord?

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