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By H.E. Sheikh Hasina
Next month the UN may consider a global treaty to govern the diamond trade.
Peacekeeping tops the agenda of the largest-ever gathering of world leaders.
The weekend abduction of 11 peacekeepers sparks debate over 'mission creep' in Sierra Leone.
By Alexander MacLeod, Special to The Christian Science Monitor
In West Africa, Britain is facing a situation similar to what confronted the United States seven years ago in Somalia. The weekend abduction of 11 British peacekeeping troops by rebels in Sierra Leone has uncanny echoes of the American experience on Africa's east coast in 1993. Whether its response also echoes the US's remains to be seen.
The UN today decides on an international court, and the US will send troops to train peacekeepers.
By Minh T. Vo, Special to The Christian Science Monitor
The rebel leader accused of seizing Sierra Leone's diamond mines to finance his rebel group's exceptionally brutal, decade-long civil war, may soon have to face an international court.
Today, the United Nations Security Council will consider a resolution, pushed by the United States, to establish a war-crimes court for the tiny West African nation.
By Larry Thompson
Peacekeeping on the cheap is a recipe for failure. Sierra Leone is the latest case in point, as its fragile peace accord unravels unhindered by international peacekeeping efforts.
The resumption of hostilities between government and rebel forces in May - in which rebels took hundreds of UN peacekeepers prisoner - was hardly a surprise. It was clear from the moment the peace agreement was signed last July that the fragile accord would need a strong peacekeeping presence to enforce it.
By Ed Royce
Out of the chaos of the Sierra Leone peacekeeping operation, Washington has a chance to lead a winning international effort. This will require quick action, bold vision, and a significant American engagement in Sierra Leone.
Unless the US is willing to make such a commitment, it would be best to leave Sierra Leoneans to their own fate.
By Dennis Jett
The chaos in Sierra Leone presents the UN with no attractive options. With its largest peacekeeping operation teetering on the brink of failure, the UN can withdraw and suffer a humiliating blow to its prestige and its efforts at peacekeeping. It can reinforce the 7,000 troops there and confront rebels threatening the peace and peacekeepers. Finally, it can try to reason with Foday Sankoh, the leader of the rebels.
By Minh T. Vo, Special to The Christian Science Monitor
Even before reaching its first anniversary, a peace accord that gave Sierra Leoneans an uneasy respite from eight years of civil war was shot to pieces. Fighting escalated yesterday as rebels retook the strategic town of Masiaka on the main highway to the capital, Freetown. And since May 1, they have taken some 500 United Nations peacekeepers hostage, confiscating their guns, ammunition, armored vehicles, and uniforms.
As fighting erupted throughout the country this week, thousands of people trudged toward Freetown.
By Corinna Schuler , Special to The Christian Science Monitor
Reports of rebel attacks just 18 miles from Freetown have provoked thousands of people to flee their homes and move toward Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, in columns that stretched for as far as the eye can see.
"People say the rebels are coming," says Maria Kamara, sweating as she trudges toward Freetown with a bulging sack on her head and five young children at her side.
Britain sends in troops for an airlift, as West ignores calls for more peacekeepers.
By Peter Ford, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor and Corinna Schuler
Hope landed briefly in Sierra Leone Tuesday, when British paratroopers set down in a massive Chinook helicopter and immediately set out to patrol the streets of this seaside capital.
By Suman Bandrapalli
It happens everyday, somewhere. It happened in Sierra Leone on Tuesday: Several hundred Sierra Leoneans fled their homes to neighboring Guinea to escape the internal strife that reignited last week. This latest exodus of refugees is following in the footsteps of 460,000 other Sierra Leoneans who have sought shelter in other countries since the conflict first erupted eight years ago. At the end of 1999, armed conflict, disaster, or persecution forced more than 14 million people around the world to seek refuge on foreign soil.
Pact gave amnesty and power-sharing to rebels - but failed in goal of peace.
By Justin Brown, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
To critics, it was like making a pact with the devil.
In the summer of 1999, just weeks after the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) had gone on a killing spree in the Sierra Leone capital, US and British officials began a strong push for a peace agreement between the rebels and the faltering government.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson was enlisted as an envoy and President Clinton reportedly worked the phones.
Leaders of nine African countries met yesterday to discuss helping the embattled Sierra Leone.
By Corinna Schuler and Minh T. Vo, Special to The Christian Science Monitor
Five men lay dying as Sierra Leone's peace pact - and the largest United Nations peacekeeping mission in the world today - was shot to pieces in a gun battle outside the home of the country's infamous rebel leader and now government minister, Foday Sankoh.
Even as Security Council delegates tour central Africa, rebels grab UN peacekeepers in Sierra Leone.