Taylor says U.S. 'owes' peacekeepers

July 11, 2003 at 8:01 AM

MONROVIA, Liberia, July 11 (UPI) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor says the United States owes the country a contingent of peacekeepers, a report said Friday.

Liberia's government and rebels have stopped fighting for the first time in 14 years but the truce may collapse if troops do not arrive soon, the BBC reported.

Although Taylor has accepted asylum in Nigeria, he maintained he won't step down until troops arrive. He also said U.S. troops would be in no danger.

"Do not be afraid about American boys getting hurt in Liberia. I can guarantee no matter where I am that Liberians will never fire a pistol at an American soldier here because we want them here," Taylor said.

He also told the BBC his downfall had been masterminded by the British and U.S. governments since before he was elected.

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