Military Reform: Abidjan Peace Agreement
The Commission shall, as a priority, make recommendations on the restructuring and reorientation of the military as well as its leadership. In this context, members of the RUF/SL who may wish to be part of the country's military can become part of the new unified armed forces within a framework to be discussed and agreed upon by the Commission.
ARTICLE 10 The Government of Sierra Leone shall ensure the return to barracks of those units of the army not required for normal security duties and the downsizing of the Armed Forces of Sierra Leone (RSLMF), taking into account the security needs of the country.
The accord called for the integration of RUF forces into the national army and a downsizing of the national military. There were no integration programs or military reforms undertaken in 1996. The joint committee responsible for this program was not established and demobilization stalled.1
- 1. "Sierra Leone rebels come to capital for talks," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 19, 1996.
In 1997, Major Johnny Paul Koroma and his soldiers formed an alliance with RUF troops and toppled Sierra Leone's government. President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah fled into Guinea.2
- 2. "Sierra Leone coup leader claims power," The Independent (London), May 26, 1997, 13.
In 1998, the former government ousted the RUF/AFRC government. RUF and the former government returned to full scale civil war in 1998.3
Coding for this case ceased on December 31, 1998.