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Liberian Catholic leaders seek more aid after Taylor exile

Catholic leaders in Liberia welcomed the news that President Charles Taylor had left the country on Monday as promised, but continued to call for international help for emergency relief aid, peacekeeping and efforts to restore democracy.

"The war in Liberia is not over yet, but we hope it will end soon," Archbishop Michael Francis of Monrovia told the MISNA news agency.

"The efforts of mediators have given us great expectations, but only their assistance in the future will ensure that the hopes for peace of millions of Liberians are not disappointed," the archbishop said as Taylor flew to exile in Nigeria.

"The people in this country still need all the assistance possible," he said, because of severe shortages of food, water and medicine and continued reports of sporadic fighting on the outskirts of the capital.

Catholic News Service

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14 Aug 2003