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

"Information Minister Reginald Goodridge confirmed to the same programme that they were in the area. Rebels had earlier told Reuters news agency that thousands of rebel fighters were poised to strike Monrovia and could take the city in 72 hours. They said they wanted the President to resign and leave. Liberia has repeatedly accused neighbouring Guinea of backing the rebels, spearheaded by the Liberians United For Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). The Defence Minister has said that if the arms embargo is lifted the army could defeat the rebels within a month. The international ban was imposed because Liberia was accused of selling diamonds on behalf of the rebel movement in neighbouring Sierra Leone. The government said in January that the sanctions should be lifted because the war in Sierra Leone has officially been declared over. LURD is thought to be led by former chief of staff Charles Julu."

Mr Taylor, pause there. Charles Julu, is that the same Julu from the Nimba raids?

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