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

Yes, as a matter of necessity, when we arrived there, when we took our rooms, I told Dr Kamara that I knew Foday Sankoh pretty well now, so I think it was necessary for her to get him informed of our arrival in town. So I told her, "Come and sit by me. Since you are on the government side, come sit by me, let me call him." She came and sat by me. When I made the call, as soon as Foday Sankoh heard my voice, I say, "We are here, we cannot see you now because it's late." It was around 11 to 11.30. I said, "But first in the morning we want to see you. We are here as the CCP." He said, "No, I don't want to see anybody."

When he said that, I thought I did not hear what he said. I said, "What are you saying?" He said, "I don't want to see anybody." I say, "Anybody like who?" He said, "Any one of you on the CCP." I said, "But we called you from Freetown two weeks before we came, we called you at the airport this morning hours before we decide - we came", because it's one hour 40 minutes from Freetown to Abidjan, "just for you to come and tell us you don't want to see us." I say, "You are exposing us to embarrassment." I said, "People have given us messages for you from Europe. People have given us messages for you from Sierra Leone. Most importantly these messages have to be delivered. So you have to see us. We have to talk to you." He said no. Patiently enough I begged him for more than 20 minutes on the phone. He said no. He said, "I don't want to see you people at all."

Then Dr Boi-Kamara wanted to use the ethnic connection between them because she was - she is a Mandingo Temne. She thought she would use the Temne language to convince Foday Sankoh. So as soon as she took the phone and said "seke", because "seke" is a greeting in Temne --

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