Former Liberian Ambassador Advances Suggestions for Peace In Liberia


The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted October 1, 2003

An eminent Liberian, Ambassador Jallah K. K. Kamara has advanced several suggestions aimed at fostering reconciliation and peace in the country.

Ambassador Kamara said in order for genuine reconciliation to be achieved among Liberians, the nation’s cultural heritage must be respected.

In an interview with The INQUIRER, Ambassador Kamara said Liberians should go back to their origin, adding "all the sixteen tribes of the country have one origin." He noted that Liberians have an interesting cultural heritage and that if this is respected or adhered to, much would be achieved in the country.

"The country is such that one way or the other, we are all related; it is difficult to distinguish among Liberians. We may not come from the same tribe, but somehow, we are related, " said Amb. Kamara, who once served as Director General of the National Cultural Bureau.

Ambassador Kamara, a staunch promoter of the Liberian cultural heritage over the years, said, "through the nation’s cultural heritage, we can solve our problems because we are one people."

He said for the reconciliation process to further germinate good dividends, former government officials who have served one or two administrations should use their contacts acquired over the years to bring investment into the country. "Let these people use their contacts to bring about employment and help improve the economy," he said.

Ambassador Kamara said this will create job opportunities for hundreds of Liberians who, because of poverty, can not find their way clear in society.

He said by so doing, such former officials will be making history for themselves and country, instead of running after government jobs from time to time.

Ambassador Kamara said the cardinal point for reconciliation is for Liberians to do away with tribalism, ethnocentrism, sectionalism and other vices that have been a problem in the society. He pointed out these vices have immensely contributed to the numerous problems facing the country.

He said once Liberians can put aside ‘what tribe one comes from and consider themselves to be one people which they are’, reconciliation will be achieved. community health service.

"Having not set aside the said warrant of arrest, Taylor as a criminal suspect is not qualified to seek refuge in any country which is signatory to the status of Rome of 1999. Specifically, all states and parties to the status are obliged to cooperate with the International Criminal Court in the arrest, investigation and prosecution of all suspects accused of committing serious breach of international humanitarian and human rights laws," he said.

The African lawyers stated that because Nigeria had endorsed the international instrument as a member of the comity of nations, the country is obliged under Article 59(1) of the statute of Rome to surrender Taylor to the International Criminal Court for trial.

ABA further argued that the granting of asylum to Taylor was inconsistent with the status of Rome of 1998, and should, therefore, be declared as void.

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