The NEWS (Monrovia)

25 March 2008

Liberia: Country Backs Beijing Olympics

Monrovia — "The Olympic movement in Liberia has over the past weeks watched with spellbinding interest unfolding events in the Sudanese (Darfur) region and most recent a province of the People's Republic of China in particular Tibet, which has been overly politicized, blaming both crises on the Government of the People's Republic of China, for being supportive of the Sudanese Government and wanting to give independence to the Province of Tibet," read a statement issued by the President of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) on Monday, March 24, 2008 in Monrovia.

Mr. Philibert S. Browne declared: "Both events being the domestic affairs of the Sudanese People and the People's Republic of China, have been over-played by some Western Media, to the detriment of the image of the PRC and the Olympic Games slated for Beijing beginning, July-August 2008."

He added that: "Due to this unwholesome act on the part of the Western Media to politicize an isolated international crisis, which is common to all Nations, some Western Human Rights Groups, are now calling for the games to be boycotted by Athletes and their National Olympic Committees, not taking into consideration the countless strives of both Athletes and their respective National Olympic Committees, who have worked tirelessly during rain and shine, to make the qualifying marks for the Olympic Games and represent their respective Countries and Peoples."

The LNOC President mentioned that in as much his group subscribes to the International Declaration of Human Rights as enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the right to self determination, rule of law and good governance is determined by a people and not the prerogative of Western Media or Western Human Rights Groups.

The LNOC therefore condemned in its strongest terms, "the interference into China's domestic Affairs, by some hidden hands, that are using the Media and Human Rights Groups to do their dirty work.

"We also condemn it its totality the call by some Western Human Rights Groups, for the boycotting of the XXIX Olympiad slated for Beijing from July-August 2008, and term such call as selfish and not in the interest of universal peace, which the Olympic movement wishes to achieve."

The LNOC said it has availed itself to the opportunity to reassure the people of China of its bounding commitment in attending and participating in the events. Moreover, the LNOC reaffirms its continuous support to BOCOG (the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee) and the Government and people of the People's Republic of China.

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