Brumskine Welcomes UN Assessment Team

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

May 12, 2003

A presidential aspirant of the Liberia Unification Party (LUP), Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine says the recent visit of the United Nations Needs Assessment team to Liberia clearly indicates that the country is on the right track to peace.

Cllr. Brumskine said the visit of the UN team has sent a message to the international community that indeed Liberians were at war with each other, and that they need quick assistance from the Global Village in creating a stable environment where they will once more live in peace and harmony as brothers and sisters.

Addressing a news conference on Saturday at his Mamba Point residence, the LUP stalwart expressed optimism that very soon, Liberia will have a stabilization force that will eventually disarm all belligerent forces and create an environment for the free movement of all, including President Charles Taylor.

Speaking further, Cllr. Brumskine who flew out of the country yesterday, disclosed that the Taylor administration has finally given him his exit visa, thus recognizing him as a citizen of Liberia who is entitled to all rights enshrined in the country's constitution.

He said he has planned to spend two weeks in the sub-region engaging Liberians and others, highlighting the plights of Liberians at home and the need for relief assistance, as well as the need for an environment where a free, fair and democratic elections would be neld in Liberia, adding "what I have been subjected to will not be the primary subject of my discussions, all that I went through in the hands of the government are blessings for me".

On the issue of the pending elections come October 14,2003, the learned lawyer said the holding of elections this year will not be possible as conditions for such a process is yet to be created.

Cllr. Brumskine also argued that the released elections guideline is already lagging behind, citing the failure in the voters' registration and other important election activities that should have taken place during the months of April and May.

The LUP presidential aspirant disclosed that should the NPP-led government insist on conducting elections in the midst of the fragile security condition in the country, he will not participate in the process, because doing so would mean that he will be betraying the trust and confidence reposed in him by the vast majority of the Liberian population who would want to elect him as president of Liberia in a stable and conducive environment.

Meanwhile, Cllr. Brumskine says he has waived his Satellite phone which has been in seizure by government since January, 2003, to the Taylor administration. "Efforts to have my phone retrieved from the government since it was seized in January have proved futile and so, I've just decided to let the Taylor administration have it as a gift, that is just a material thing", Cllr. Brumskine reiterated.

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