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DATE=8/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=LIBERIA/GUINEA ATTACK (L) NUMBER=2-252699 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Liberian President Charles Taylor says unidentified insurgents have invaded the West African nation from neighboring Guinea and have taken control of several areas along the border. Liberia is still recovering from eight years of civil war that began with a similar invasion of rebels led by Mr. Taylor a decade ago. Correspondent Nick Simeone has details. TEXT: President Taylor is declaring a state of emergency in a northern region of Liberia where, he says, the nation has come under military attack by dissident forces from Guinea. // TAYLOR ACT // As commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Liberia, I have ordered the full mobilization of troops with the appropriate logistical support, to be deployed in the Kolahun area to counter the invasion and restore peace and order. // END ACT // It is still not clear who these invaders are and how much of a threat they may be to the government in Monrovia. Diplomatic sources say they believe there has been some sort of dissident activity in the border region. But at this point -- with hard facts from the remote area difficult to obtain -- whether this actually was an invasion or just a movement of people across a porous border is impossible to determine. It was Charles Taylor's former National Patriotic Front rebel movement that began Liberia's slide into civil war a decade ago when its fighters invaded the country from neighboring Ivory Coast. In the years that followed, the country became a horror chamber, with rebel factions multiplying in number and fighting each other over land and leadership of the country founded by freed American slaves. Thousands of Nigerian-led peace keeping troops - as well as countless rounds of regional diplomacy -- all failed to end the fighting which killed some 200-thousand people, the vast majority of them civilians. A peace accord finally took hold, leading to presidential elections two years ago which Charles Taylor won. Since then, the Liberian leader has surrounded himself with extremely heavy security. Tensions have remained high between him and his former battlefield opponents, some of whom have been accused of plotting to overthrow the Taylor government. (SIGNED) NEB/NJS/JO 11-Aug-1999 19:06 PM LOC (11-Aug-1999 2306 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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