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03ABUJA1654
2003-09-24 15:04:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abuja
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NIGERIA: CONCERNED ABOUT TAYLOR, WANTS MISBEHAVIOR

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 001654 

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/24/2013
TAGS: PREL KAWC KJUS LI NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: CONCERNED ABOUT TAYLOR, WANTS MISBEHAVIOR
EVIDENCE

REF: A. STATE 269609

B. ABUJA 1630 AND PREVIOUS

C. LAGOS 1928


CLASSIFIED BY CDA ROGER MEECE FOR REASONS 1.5 (b) AND (d).




1. (C) President Obasanjo is still out of the country and FM
Adeniji will not return to Nigeria from the U.S. until after
October 1, so CDA used a courtesy call on MFA MinState
Samaila to reiterate our concerns about Charles Taylor (Ref
A). The discussion also covered Guinea-Bissau (septel). CDA
noted USG appreciation and support for Nigeria's accepting
Taylor to gain peace in Liberia, and underscored our concern
that Taylor not be allowed to continue to foment trouble in
Liberia. CDA referred to continuing reports of Taylor's
misbehavior, and urged the GON to consider handing Taylor
over to the International Tribunal if he violates the terms
of his exile.




2. (C) MinState Samaila replied that Taylor had been straying
from the exile terms at first, and President Obasanjo had
summoned him to his ranch September 4 to demand better
behavior (Ref C). Obasanjo told Taylor that Nigeria had
evidence of his misbehavior, and specifically told Taylor to
do nothing directly to interfere in Liberia nor indirectly
that would hurt the chances for peace there. Since then the
GON had seen no violations, Samaila said, and he asked the
CDA to pass to him any evidence the USG might see.




3. (C) Samaila outlined that the GON had spent billions of
dollars over the years on Liberia, and President Obasanjo and
other senior GON officials were now spending considerable
time on Liberia and Guinea-Bissau. After dressing down
Taylor, Obasanjo had also met with NTGL Chairman Bryant to
reiterate Nigeria's determination to get Liberia back on its
feet. If Nigeria received evidence that Taylor was still
interfering in Liberia, the GON would act against him. CDA
responded that we wished to cooperate fully regarding
Taylor's capacity to create further problems.




4. (C) Samaila closed the discussion on Liberia by launching
a monologue regarding planning for the new UN peacekeeping
force for Liberia. He strongly asserted that the GON needed
it to be commanded by a Nigerian.
MEECE