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24 May 2000 description


U.S. seeks to curb illegitimate trade in Africa
The State Department on May 23 issued a fact sheet outlining U.S. involvement in initiatives that seek "to curb the powerful and far-reaching impact of the illegitimate diamond trade on African conflicts, particularly in Sierra Leone, Congo, and Angola."

Following is the text of the fact sheet:

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Office of the Spokesman
May 23, 2000
FACT SHEET
US INITIATIVES ON "CONFLICT DIAMONDS"

19 May 2000 description

In a statement released by the White House late May 19, President Clinton said he had authorized the Department of Defense to provide up to $20 million in defense goods and services to support efforts by the United Nations and other international forces to stabilize the situation in Sierra Leone.

Following is the statement:

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May 19, 2000

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary (Aboard Air Force One)

18 May 2000 description

By Jim Fisher-Thompson, Washington File Staff Correspondent

Washington -- The special envoy for the president and the secretary of state for the promotion of democracy in Africa, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, began a six-day mission to West Africa May 17, saying he looked forward to discussing with regional leaders ways of bringing peace to war-torn Sierra Leone.

Jackson told journalists and reporters just before departing from Andrews Air Force Base that "as we embark on this serious diplomatic mission to West Africa, there is an enormous crisis, but there is also opportunity and …

18 May 2000 description

By Jim Fisher-Thompson, Washington File Correspondent

Washington - A special diplomatic mission to West Africa led by the Reverend Jesse Jackson is a step in the right direction toward resolving conflict in Sierra Leone, that country's ambassador to the United States, John Leigh, said May 17.

Speaking at a luncheon sponsored by the Freedom Forum just hours before Jackson and his party left for the continent, Leigh said, "I believe Reverend Jackson is going to make a positive contribution towards the resolution of the Sierra Leone crisis."

Jackson, special envoy of …

15 May 2000 description

President Clinton has sent the following letter, dated May 12, to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate regarding the "critical" situation in Sierra Leone.

Following is the text of the letter, which was released to reporters:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

12 May 2000 description

"Peacekeepers cannot succeed when there is no peace to keep," the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, warned May 11, while adding that "Sierra Leone, like Bosnia before it, is an example of what happens when the parties to a peace settlement violate that settlement, wreaking havoc on everyone - peacekeepers and civilians alike."

12 May 2000 description

The United States government and its people view the recent tragic events in Sierra Leone with "shock and dismay," U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations James Cunningham told the Security Council on May 11.

In remarks to an urgent meeting of the council at U.N. headquarters in New York, Cunningham said that "Despite the presence of more than 8,500 U.N. peacekeepers, those who oppose peace in Sierra Leone, especially the Revolutionary United Front rebels, have initiated new attacks and detained hundreds of U.N.

11 May 2000 description

President Clinton said May 11 that the U.S. military will assist U.N. peacekeeping forces in Sierra Leone, providing transport of reinforcements, ammunition and supplies.

In a statement released after the president talked with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Clinton also said he has asked the Rev.

09 May 2000 description

(U.S. offers to ferry needed peacekeepers to Sierra Leone)

By Judy Aita Washington File United Nations Correspondent

United Nations -- Coordinating wide-ranging peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts in the region, the United Nations has declared that it is not going to abandon Sierra Leone to new attacks by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and its leader, Foday Sankoh.

U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said May 9 that there were no reports of incidents in Freetown after the previous day's violence or new incidents involving U.N.

28 Mar 2000 description

(Internally displaced persons should be protected as refugees) (3650)

23 Mar 2000 description

Reintegrating combatants into society is important for peace

United Nations -- The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants into civil society is an essential element of peace agreements, says U.S.

17 Feb 2000 description

AIDS in Africa, Clinton/Moi meeting, Zimbabwe, Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, exports/imports, Sudan, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Mandela, Burundi
Senior Administration Officials briefed at the White House on the Africa Summit.

Following is the White House transcript:

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THE WHITE HOUSE

17 Feb 2000 description

Says Africa must get "fair share" of U.S. foreign policy funds

09 Feb 2000 description

Primary responsibility rests with host government, Cunningham says

08 Feb 2000 description

"The peace process in Sierra Leone remains fragile and it is in all of our interest to help ensure its success," U.S. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg said February 7.

Soderberg, the U.S.

04 Jan 2000 description

State Department's Kreczko praises Guinea

By Jim Fisher-Thompson

04 Nov 1999 description

State Department Spokesman James Rubin on November 4 expressed U.S. concern about recent fighting in Sierra Leone around the town of Makeni, a violation of the Lome Peace agreement, and about "reports of renewed atrocities" in the aftermath of the fighting there.

01 Nov 1999 description

U.S. President Bill Clinton and Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik announced November 1 a joint U.S. - Norwegian initiative to provide prosthetic devices and rehabilitation services for crippled and maimed victims of the war in Sierra Leone.

18 Oct 1999 description

October 18 Albright press availability in Freetown

The United States government has committed an additional $55 million in aid to Sierra Leone to help move forward the peace process in the sub-Saharan Africa nation, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told reporters in Freetown on October 18.

Speaking at a press availability after meeting with Sierra Leone's President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and former junta leader Johnny Paul Koroma at the Presidential Lodge, Albright said that the United States also is "prepared to forgive" another $65 million in debt from Sierra Leone …