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Liberia secures rubber plantation
Man tapping rubber
Rubber is an important source of revenue for Liberia
The United Nations and the Liberian government are re-possessing one of the country's main rubber plantations on Tuesday, say UN officials in Liberia.

The Guthrie plantation in north-western Liberia has been under the control of ex-rebels despite the end of the war.

Rubber was an important export before civil war broke out in the late 1980s.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who assumed office in January this year, has pledged to establish the rule of law throughout the country.

Correspondents say that since the end of the civil war in Liberia three years ago, the rubber plantations have remained lawless areas in which former Lurd rebels continued to tap trees for latex rubber to sell for profit.

Several rubber plantations show "an absence of state authority and the rule of law" according to a report by the UN Mission in Liberia (Unmil), published earlier this year.

"There is a recurring problem on the plantations concerning illegal detention and arrest by private security officers without the knowledge of the LNP (Liberian National Police)," the report said.


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