A Liberian Calls On UN to Establish Trusteeship Rule for Liberia

By: Massa-Amelia Washington

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

July 8, 2003

A Liberian Citizen, and former Coordinator of the Religious Youth Services, of the Unification Church in Liberia, Mr. Alfred G. Lincoln, is proposing to the United Nations the establishment of a Trusteeship form of governance for Liberia.

In a telephone interview with Mr. Lincoln on July 5, 2003, he stated that his call for a Trusteeship administration for Liberia is precipitated by the dire need to create a balance in the political arrangement in Liberia, and the urgency to see the country progress.

As such, he is proposing that the UN, through a Trusteeship arrangement, oversees Liberia for the next five years after which time Liberians should have had their house in order to govern themselves.

Mr. Lincoln who currently resides in Indiana, the USA, is of the opinion that the UN should not only reply upon the US role to enhance peace in Liberia, but it (UN) must take charge of the situation. "The Liberian situation is one of the most complicated and no Liberian at this time, is equip to spearhead the resolution process, there have been groups upon groups, and several interim governments, but they all proved incapable," he stated.

According to Mr. Lincoln, there is no time to give recognition to any Liberian or group of Liberians by allowing them to form another interim government. "Liberians do not want warring factions nor their sympathizers at the same time, we're tired with the politicians, because they've failed us miserably. It is the same old politicians over and over. They have no genuine interest in Liberia save to gain power. Right now, they're flying to Ghana from all over the world to bargain for positions".

Mr. Lincoln said these different groups will not be able to unify Liberia due to their specific individual interests which are not national. "Other Liberians will still feel marginalized under an interim government headed by Liberians. A neutral body is therefore the best hope for achieving lasting peace in Liberia," he emphasized.