Desist from Hindering Peace

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

April 25, 2003

The National Campaign for Liberia’s Survival (NACALS), is urging Liberians, particularly government officials, to desist from acts that could endanger the success of the pending peace conference on Liberia.

NACALS in a release said such acts including negative utterances aimed at discouraging stakeholders and government from the path of national reconciliation could plunge the future of this country into further conflicts.

NACALS made specific reference to recent statements attributed to Montserrado County Superintendent Julius Parker warning President Taylor to be careful with the selections of the venue for the pending peace conference, as he put it "some exiled politicians including Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf were planning to assassinate him out of Liberia".

NACALS described such statements as counterproductive, anti-reconciliatory and a factor to weaken the collective resolve of peace-loving Liberians including President Taylor to speedily restore peace to this country.

NACALS said while it does not tend to brush aside the concerns of Superintendent Parker, the timing and channel through which he released such "sensitive security information" was inappropriate and has the propensity to stall the ongoing national drive to restore lasting peace to our nation.

NACALS reminded policy makers to take cue from the recent decision by Bamako to withdraw from hosting the Liberian peace conference due to "internal wrangling, accusations and counter accusations and lack of a unified positions by Liberians to end the ongoing senseless war which now threatens the West Africa Sub-Region.

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