Liberian ruling Party Says President Taylor Can resign For Peace Sake

By C. Winnie Saywah

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

May 24, 2003

The National Patriotic Party’s chairman, Cyril A. Allen says President Charles Taylor will only resign for the sake of peace, but no "little meeting" nor conference will make him step down.

Chairman Allen stressed that President Taylor still has a responsibility under the Liberian constitution though he is not President for lifetime but only for a period. As such, he must be given the chance.

e said pronouncements by "little groups" that President Taylor should step down is not legitimate because, "he was elected not only by the NPP but by the Liberian people", therefore according to him (Allen), stepping down as the president is not as easy as people may see it.

The NPP chairman said the problem in Liberia now is not the matter of who steps down, but the people are their own problems because they do not believe in the dignity of labor.

He said presently, the conditions which Liberians in the displaced centers and war zones are faced with determine that no one is more important than peace in Liberia.

Chairman Allen deduced that some of Liberia’s problems are internal, for Liberians are fighting armless wars in other parts of the country.

He said all Liberians have let the country down noting, "we are too busy either fighting or doing some odd things, and we just cannot bring peace to our mother land."

Concerning the Accra peace talks, Chairman Allen said ECOWAS should not make the same mistake as was made in the past.

He said, "as for Liberians, let us exercise patience and prudence in bringing peace to Liberia".

Chairman Allen said, "let peace be in the mind of every Liberian, thus granting general amnesty to all even those who are in exile or fighting, so that they can all join their brothers and sisters in the country for peace".

He then urged Liberians to go to the Accra peace talks with a motive of seeking and bringing lasting peace to the country.

He said, "let us forget personal interest and go in unity for peace," and added that allocation of jobs and the partitioning

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