The Lomé Peace Agreement of July 1999 sought to end one of the world’s most brutal civil wars of recent times. Sierra Leone, its West African neighbours and the international community continue to face the daunting task of moving from war and political crisis to establishing a lasting peace.
Accord issue 9, Paying the price: The Sierra Leone peace process, explores this and earlier attempts to end the conflict. It draws valuable lessons from those peace processes including:
- the risk during negotiations of focusing on an individual leader in the belief that others will follow suit and accept a settlement
- a need for new approaches to deal with elusive and unpredictable armed groups.
Authors from within Sierra Leone and abroad focus on implementing the peace agreement and power-sharing, while also examining civil society’s role in the peace process. The publication also includes a timeline and the full peace accord texts, plus profiles of the main people involved in the conflict and peace process.