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

Well, it started off in 1999 really, and we can go all the way back to 1991, but let's just speak about recent times. The Lome agreement, when I arrived in July of 1997, there were two tough days in getting that agreement, and there were some very tough exchanges and I was very, very forceful in dealing with him, that's why I say that we've had tough differences, beginning with that particular time and even going into after Lome in getting the disarmament process started. There were some very, very firm statements made by me to Sankoh to get that process started, and this is why it is very clear when these hostages are taken nobody asked me, I said point blank: We're not going to tie these hostages' release to Sankoh. These hostages must be released. So we had been having some very tough times since about July 1999, not forgetting the '91/'92 incident that led to the Top 20, Top 40 and Top Final. But we'd had some very tough times.

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