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In quotes: Reactions to Taylor handover
Nigeria has agreed to hand over Liberia's exiled former leader Charles Taylor, who faces war crimes charges in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Here are some reactions:

LIBERIAN PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF

We must recognise that Liberia is greater than any one person, tribe or group of people. Whatever decision taken is the will of God. We must work together with commitment to move our country forward. The future of this country is bright and the future will be secure if we work together.

ERIC KENNEDY OF CHARLES TAYLOR'S NATIONAL PATRIOTIC FRONT

This is a sad day for Africa for Nigeria to succumb to this. Nigeria should not have agreed... Taylor is important. I know there will be some kind of consequences if he is extradited. Mr Taylor enjoys the support of many people. This is a violation of the peace accord.

DESMOND DE SILVA, CHIEF PROSECUTOR AT THE UN-BACKED COURT IN SIERRA LEONE

It is a remarkable day for the Special Court and it is a defining day in international criminal justice. It [Charles Taylor's transfer] will take a little time, two to three days; I would hope no longer than that.

ELISE KEPPLER, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

We call for urgent steps to tighten security around his villa in Calabar and for him to be immediately taken into custody. This is a tremendous moment for the people of Sierra Leone, Liberia and all West Africa. Taylor can now face trial at the war crimes court in Sierra Leone where he is indicted on 17 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the armed conflict there.

BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW

This is an important day for the international rule of law. The UK strongly supports the Special Court and the principle that everybody should be answerable for their actions. We have always been committed to seeing Charles Taylor face the charges against him... His trial will be a big step forward for Sierra Leone and Liberia in addressing the atrocities of that period.

VOKE IGHORODJE, NIGERIA'S COALITION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

We are very happy if this is true. It is now for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to do the right thing and take him to the Special Court in Sierra Leone.

CHARLES TAYLOR'S "SPIRITUAL ADVISER" DR KILARI ANAND PAUL

"There is no question in my mind that there will be chaos."


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