On Settlement in Liberia
On August 18, a comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in Accra, Ghana, between the Government of Liberia and the armed opposition - Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL). The document provides for the immediate cessation of hostilities between the parties, the creation after October 14, 2003, of an interim government, a reorganization of the Liberian army with the inclusion in it of some rebel units, the disarmament of the rest of the combatants, and the release of all the political prisoners and prisoners of war. Questions are also specified pertaining to convening a legislative assembly and allocating top government posts for the transitional period, which will last until 2006.
Moscow regards the inter-Liberian accords as an important step towards stabilizing the situation in the country, strengthening the peace process and improving the situation in the sub-region of West Africa as a whole. We note with satisfaction that in reaching the Agreement an important role was played by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which acts as the guarantor of its implementation. The ECOWAS peacekeeping troops now being deployed in Liberia must later become a part of an international stabilization force operating under the aegis of the UN.
We express the hope that the provisions of the Agreement will be undeviatingly fulfilled by the parties.