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

Now, at this point, at this point of weakness, when the RUF were at a low ebb, the more intelligent members of the movement realised by 1995 that the movement had reached a stalemate and decided to bring their message to the wider international community. An external delegation was formed which based itself in the Ivory Coast. In due course, Foday Sankoh was to leave his jungle stronghold, Camp Zogoda, and join them. The Government of the Ivory Coast assisted the delegation with housing, subsistence, and communication, all of which, when later provided by the Liberian government to the RUF, in order to assist the peace process in Sierra Leone, is condemned by the Prosecution as damning evidence of Taylor's control of that movement. Yet, there had been this precedent set by the Government of Cote d'Ivoire. Yet no complaint is made of that by the Prosecution. Only when Charles Taylor, the demon, does the same in Liberia does it attract the kind of opprobrium we've heard in this Court. Meanwhile, the external delegation negotiated a peace settlement, the Abidjan Accord, signed on the 30th of November 1996, the beginning of the indictment period. Now, it's clear that Sankoh was not committed to this agreement, for even whilst he was negotiating, he was seeking assistance from the Libyans to carry on the war. Now, at this point I wonder if we are in a position to put a document up on the screen.

Well, let me set the context of the document we are going to look at. Your Honours will recall.

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