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

Now, we see that it's entitled, "Joint communique on the visit of His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Liberia on June 25, 1999.

His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo paid a one-day working visit to the Republic of Liberia on Friday, 25 June 1999, at the invitation of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Liberia. On arrival, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his entourage received a warm and cordial reception, befitting the close ties and friendships binding the two countries.

The two Heads of State reviewed matters of mutual interest and concern to the two countries and thereafter engaged themselves in full and frank exchange of views on contemporary world affairs in general, as well as on inter-African affairs in particular. The two Heads of State also expressed their satisfaction with the cordial and excellent relations which have always existed between the two countries.

President Obasanjo noted that technical discussions on the modalities for the destruction of arms and ammunition collected from erstwhile warring factions during the disarmament exercise in Liberia have commenced amongst ECOWAS, the United Nations and the Government of Liberia. The Nigerian leader also observed that the decision of the Government of Liberia to destroy these arms and ammunition, and the successful completion of that exercise, would contribute immensely to sub-regional peace and security. President Obasanjo also commended efforts of the Government of Liberia to consolidate peace through the pursuit of national reconciliation.

On Liberia-Nigeria relations the two President renewed their determination to encourage, promote and foster economic, scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries. They reaffirmed their commitment to the expeditious and full implementation of all agreements and other related instruments for cooperation in various fields concluded between the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the government of the Republic of Liberia.

With regard to the 21 January 1987 agreement on economic, scientific and technical cooperation, President Taylor and President Obasanjo decided that the Nigerian-Liberian joint commission meets at the earliest possible time to draw up an action programme of implementation.

On world affairs the two Heads of State agreed that urgent reforms are needed in the present international economic and sociopolitical order to make the United Nations system more democratic as well as improve the position of developing countries in the fields of trade, credit flows and debt relief."

"... make the United Nations system more democratic", Mr Taylor, what's that a reference to?

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