MONROVIA, Liberia (July 1)—United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has joined West African leaders and Liberian rebels in calling on President Bush to order 2,000 U.S. troops to join 3,000 African soldiers in a peacekeeping force in Liberia. The Bush administration has not yet decided whether to provide troops, the Associated Press said, although President Bush has called for the ouster of President Charles Taylor. Fighting in Monrovia has created hundreds of thousands of refugees and closed the city´s port, meaning that Bridgestone/Firestone cannot ship the latex and block rubber it produces at its 240-square-mile plantation in Harbel, about 35 miles from Monrovia.
United Nations, African leaders urge U.S. to send troops to Liberia
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