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Liberia vows to stand by Mali to end coup

2012-04-04 15:09

Monrovia - Liberia on Wednesday pledged to support the restoration of the rule of law in Mali following a coup, but said it would not send troops to do so.

"The government of Liberia will stand by the Malians in making sure that the rule of democracy is restored," Minister of State Conmany Wesseh said.

Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been part of talks with other members of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) which has imposed diplomatic, financial and economic sanctions against Mali's junta.

Regional military leaders will meet in Abidjan on Thursday to discuss the formation and possible deployment of a standby force in Mali, where the junta has lost half the territory to rebels since seizing power on March 22.

"We cannot send troops because our army is being reformed, but we serve in other capacities like intelligence and sharing our experience in dealing with such issues," said Wesseh.