Tuesday, October 5, 1999 Published at 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
'Forgive and forget' says Koroma
Nigerian peacekeepers return from duty in the Sierra Leone bush
The former leader of the military junta in Sierra Leone has said the country must forgive and forget if it is to move forward.
"God is a faithful God," he told the BBC.
"Once you repent he is ready to reconcile with you."
However, he told the BBC he himself had been furious when he had heard about the atrocities including the amputation of limbs.
And he said that whenever he had been in contact with his commanders he had urged them not to harm civilians.
Mr Koroma and Mr Sankoh returned to Sierra Leone from Monrovia where they had been negotiating their return with Liberian President Charles Taylor.
They are both due to play a role in implementing the Sierra Leone peace accord signed three months ago in Togo.
Mr Sankoh is due to take up a vice-presidential role under a deal that gives the former rebels four ministerial posts.
Mr Koroma is pushing for members of his Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) junta to be reinstated into the Sierra Leone army with back pay for the time they were fighting in the bush.
The AFRC ousted President Kabbah in May 1997 and ruled for nine months before being toppled by Nigerian-led peacekeeping forces.