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Thursday, 9 March, 2000, 17:04 GMT
UN Chief blasts rebel leader


The United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has strongly criticised the Sierra Leonean rebel leader Foday Sankoh.

In a report to the UN security council, Mr Annan said he was concerned about the often negative and confusing approach taken by Mr Sankoh to the peace process.

He said the continued violation of the ceasefire in Sierra Leone cast great doubts about the commitment of Mr Sankoh and his Revolutionary United Front rebels to peace.

The UN has deployed an eleven-thousand strong force in Sierra Leone to monitor a ceasefire and disarmament of rebels.

But they've been unable to gain access to rebel strongholds in the north and east of the country.

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