Charles Taylor Objects to Trusteeship

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted July 15, 2003

President Charles Ghankay Taylor has objected to suggestion in some quarters for Liberia to become a protectorate of the United Nations.

He called on Liberians that as he leaves the country, they use the constitution of the republic as their guide, stressing that anyone who threatens to subvert the constitution must be vehemently opposed.

According to the Liberian leader, anyone or nation that threatens to subvert the constitution of the country, also subverts the sovereignty of the Liberian people.

Speaking over the weekend at the new headquarters of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) when he addressed hundreds of partisans at a mass rally, President Taylor said only the Liberian people should determine their own destiny.

He said Liberia should never become a protectorate of the United Nations for Liberians to give up their sovereignty.

President Taylor added that the sovereign people of Liberia should no longer become slaves, emphasizing that gone are those days and that the nation is now free at last. He said no more will Liberians be subjected to anymore slavery.

The President’s comment were in reaction to suggestions that Liberia should be placed under a trusteeship or be a protectorate of the United Nations

Those making the suggestions have contended that Liberians have exhibited a kind of attitude that they can not govern themselves taking into consideration that the nation has been plunged into continuous political crisis over leadership for the last several years.

Earlier, separate statements of loyalty and support were read at the occasion by NPP partisans in favor of President Taylor.

In one of such statements read by partisan James Biney, the NPP welcomed President Taylor’s decision to step aside in the interest of peace but strongly opposed the idea of him going in exile.

For its part, the Women Wing of the party in a statement read by partisan Nina K. McGill, who heads the NPP women Caucus, she lashed at those she called “gravy seekers” who have abandoned the party in the wake of two separate rebel advances on the capital.

Partisan Mcgill urged these gravy seeking officials of government, most of whom are also partisans of the party, to remain at where they are as the party is determined to forge ahead in their absence.

For his party, the party's National Chairman Cyril Allen said it is an abomination for a traditional leader like President Charles Taylor to live in exile as has been agreed upon.

The NPP chairman however, used the occasion to call on the International Contact Group on Liberia to exercise restraint in dealing with the crisis in the country.

He called on the group not to run out of patience but to continue its work until lasting peace can return to the country.

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