30 March 2006

Secretary-General Concerned by Reports of Charles Taylor's Disappearance, Calls for Denial of Refuge, Execution of Arrest Warrant

NEW YORK, 29 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at reports that Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, who has been indicted for war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, has disappeared.  The Secretary-General calls on all countries in the region not to give refuge to Mr. Taylor, but to execute the warrant for his arrest issued by the Special Court and comply with the request of the elected President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to transfer him to the Special Court.

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