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Yearbook 2000

Liberia. At the UK's request, in June the EU decided to withhold nearly SEK 500 million in promised assistance due to the country's suspected involvement in the Sierra Leone conflict. The Liberia government was accused of holding the Sierra Leonean rebels with weapons and helping them to export illegally mined diamonds on the world market. The same criticism was voiced in December by the UN, which considered punishing Liberia with financial sanctions.

According to COUNTRYAAH, the unstable situation in the region characterized most of the year. Rebels with bases in Guinea attacked several localities and districts in Lofa County in July in the country's northwest corner. Several smaller cities fell into the hands of the rebels before the government was able to bring reinforcements there. The rebels remained unclear, but they were believed to have ties to Alhaji Kromah and Roosevelt Johnson, who led their faction of the militia force ULIMO during the 1989–97 civil war.

More than 35,000 civilians were reported to have escaped the fighting, which also triggered diplomatic tensions with Guinea. The two governments accused each other of protecting and supporting rebel movements from their neighboring countries.

In December, Liberia was also criticized by the United Nations for involvement in the aggravated conflict in Guinea.

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