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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 18, 2003
U.S. Welcomes Signing of Liberian Peace Agreement
Statement by the Press Secretary
Liberian Peace Agreement Signed in Accra, Ghana
The United States welcomes the signing of the peace agreement today in Accra, Ghana by Liberia's Government, rebel groups, political parties, and leaders of Liberia's civil society. The United States appreciates the efforts of ECOWAS Chair Kufuor, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Shambas, and the mediator of the talks, General Abubakar. The United States expects all parties to abide by the terms of the agreement and to live up to their commitments to stop all hostilities, to fully support the formation of the new government, and to ensure full humanitarian access. This historic agreement provides the people of Liberia and its new leadership an unprecedented opportunity to begin the process of healing and reconciliation toward a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Liberia.