Paying the price: The Sierra Leone peace process
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The official diplomatic efforts that eventually drew the government of Sierra Leone and the RUF into formal peace negotiations and led to the Abidjan Accord in 1996 were preceded and complemented by a range of civil society initiatives aimed at a peaceful settlement of the conflict. David Lord describes these, focusing on the Mano River Bridge Initiative, the National Co-ordinating Committee for Peace, the civil society ‘contact group’ and the role of diaspora actors.