Sumario: Commissioner Michel welcomes the arrest of Charles Taylor (Brussels: 30 March 2006)
Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, expressed on Thursday his "deep satisfaction and relief" on the capture in Nigeria and further transfer to the Special Court for Sierra Leone of Liberian former leader and war crimes suspect Charles Taylor.
"I welcome the arrest and extradition of Charles Taylor. This is a very welcome event that will contribute to turning the page on one of the darkest episodes of Africa's recent history. There cannot be reconciliation and long lasting peace if there is impunity and immunity for those who committed heinous war crimes", said Mr Michel.
He expressed his appreciation for the prompt and successful action by the Nigerian authorities and the UN Peacekeeping Force in Liberia (UNMIL). He also praised the determination and firm commitment to democracy and the rule of law of Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
"This important event sets an outstanding example for Africa and the rest of the world. Putting democracy and the rule of Law at the centre of their priorities will enable Africa's leaders to bring peace, stability and prosperity to their nations", said Mr Michel.