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Praises From US, EU Must Strengthen Liberia’s Devotion To Peace

by News Manager

MONROVIA: Few days ago, the Government of the United States (US), through its Embassy near this Capital, Monrovia, applauded the Liberian Nation for sustaining its hard-won peace and democracy, twenty years after the signing of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA), that ended the country ‘s brutal and back-to—back civil war in 2003.

A Formal statement, dated August 17, 2023, and issued by the American Embassy in Monrovia indicated that “as Liberians celebrate 20 years of peace and democratic governance, which occurred due to the enormous sacrifices of ordinary Liberians-women, youth, civil society, and religious groups to end the brutal civil war, your country should be proud of this achievement.”

While reiterating their resolve and dedication to support Liberia in the strengthening and enhancing of its peace and democracy, the Government and People of America cautioned that “When Liberians go to the polls in October, we remind all political parties to adhere to the Farmington River Declaration, to condemn all acts of violence, and violent rhetoric, and keep their commitment to free, fair, and peaceful elections.”

Also, the European Union (EU), and other international development partners, have earlier cautioned Liberians to ensure the peace and stability of the country and to subscribe to peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible Presidential and Legislative elections in October this year.

Inked on 18, August, 2003, in Accra, Ghana, the Peace Accord, otherwise known as ‘CPA’, was the Final Peace Pact in the Second Liberian civil war.

The Agreement was signed by representatives of the then armed warring factions, political parties, civil society, pro-democracy organizations and Liberia’s international stakeholders.

It was drafted following the signing of a Ceasefire Pact among the Factions’ security sector on 17, June, 2003, as a result of intense back-door negotiations in Accra, Ghana.

The CPA also led to the end of the country’s brutal civil war in which an estimated 250,000 persons, predominately women, children and the elderly were killed, and more than a million others internally and externally displaced.

Indeed, the commendations accorded the people of Liberia not only by the United States, the European Union (EU), and other international development partners as it relates to the maintenance and consolidation of peace in Liberia since the end of the country’s vicious civil war two decades ago, in our candid view, are not only deserving but well-merited.

This is why, we, at The ‘Investigative’ INDEPENDENT newspaper, reserve no atom of hesitation and /or disinclination to join the United States, European Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and other development partners for applauding the Government and people of Liberia based on the enormous gains made in the consolidation of Liberia’s peace and democracy 20 years on, since the country said a resounding ‘bye-bye’ to war, anarchy and mayhem.

But, in as much as Liberia’s efforts toward sustaining its hard-won peace are being recognized and appreciated, we, at The INDEPENDENT, think the country needs to do more in nourishing an atmosphere of peace, stability and progress.

Indeed, the need for Liberians to eschew all forms of violence, lawlessness, mayhem, and disorder, especially for a country which is less than two months away from its crucial Presidential and Legislative elections cannot be overemphasized.

This is also why, we too, are challenging all well-meaning Liberians at home and in the Diasporas to ensure the peace and stability of this Nation by remaining law-abiding and peaceful at all times, even during and after this crucial electioneering era.

For more than 14 unbroken years, Liberians, at all strata of the society, faced the worst forms of rights abuses during the country’s civil war, including macabre and grisly destruction of precious human lives as well as public and private properties, which values, cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

Moreover, since the outbreak of the civil war in December in 1989, up to its end in August, 2003, the Liberian economy is yet to be fully recovered to its pre-war status, as the vast majority of its citizens are swimming in poverty, disease and misery.

In other words, Liberians are therefore not interested in any kind of violence and bloodletting, and prefer nothing less than sustainable peace, development and progress even during and after the October Polls.

We, thus, suggest that, at every stage of the ongoing electioneering process, anyone or group that may feel aggrieved should use the due process of law or peaceful means to address whatever grievances they may have as diametrically opposed to the use of violence.

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