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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 24, 2003


Violations of Cease-Fire in Liberia

The United States is extremely concerned over renewed fighting around the capital of Monrovia, Liberia. On June 17, the Government of Liberia and two rebel groups signed a cease-fire agreement. Since then, however, there have been continued allegations of violations. That fighting intensified today.

The United States condemns all violations of the cease-fire and calls upon all combatants to stop fighting immediately, spare the lives and property of innocent civilians, and respect their obligations under the cease-fire.

The United States regrets that no armed Party has met fully their obligations to cooperate with the Joint Verification Team to help implement the cease-fire. All parties must do so immediately if they are to have any international credibility in building a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Liberia.

The United States is prepared now to participate in the Joint Verification Team, but cannot do so if the cease-fire is not respected and adequate security protections are not put into place.

Released on June 24, 2003

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