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"International contact group on Liberia.

The International Contact Group on Liberia is a group of self-appointed mediators whose stated intent is to help resolve the Liberian crisis with LURD. As much as the intent and initiative is welcome by the Liberian government, it is expected that several key issues must be taken into consideration.

1. The United States, which is a prominent member of the contact group, must show sincerity and good faith by unequivocally condemning LURD for carrying out terrorist aggression against the innocent people of Liberia. In the absence of this condemnation, the US role cannot be taken seriously, especially when the United Nations, the African Union, and ECOWAS have already condemned LURD.

2. The Liberian government is the legitimate democratically elected government recognised by the international community. It is unacceptable that the government will be treated by the contact group as a faction or be equated with the LURD terrorists.

3. The Liberian government welcomes the US statement that it does not support LURD and urges an end to all military support to the LURD from whatever sources. But the operative question that the US must then answer if that, if the US is training the Guinean army, and the Guinean army is supporting LURD, then who really is encouraging the LURD terrorists to renew their attacks against Liberia after they were pushed back into Guinea a few months ago.

The 2003 elections.

The Liberian government wishes to make it clear that it is committed to the democratic process and will endeavour to have elections in line with the constitution. However, it is unacceptable for any foreign entity to try to influence the results of the election by trying to subvert the constitution or clandestinely funnel funding to favoured political parties as the US intrusive policy has earmarked."

Which political parties are they, Mr Taylor?

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