18 December 2012

Liberia: Weah Asks for Political Will

George Weah, Liberia's newly appointed Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation has stressed that to make his mission possible, Johnson-Sirleaf Administration must have the political will to support the process to the fullest and facilitate the implementation of programs and recommendations that would be advanced in the interest of reconciling the country.

He said reconciliation is not just about seeking peace; instead, it entails the search for peace through social justice, equal opportunities, equitable distribution of the national wealth and increased political participation.

"All Liberians have the responsibility to show by examples of tolerance, forgiveness and mutual respect, that we are committed to the search for sustained peace and guaranteed security based on these tenets."

"I have consulted my family and the political party I represent. During these consultations, we all agreed to put Liberia first than any individual interest, because this is a noble service to the Liberian people and of great historical significance", Weah noted in Gbarnga, Bong County recently when he spoke at the closing ceremony of a national vision(2030) conference.

The political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) said he has had a meeting with President Sirleaf to discuss his role as Peace Ambassador and other national issues, receiving full commitment from the government to support the exercise.

He disclosed that during discussion with the President, the Liberian leader expressed the shared belief of most Liberians that government must play a center role in this initiative to ensure lasting peace, security and stability.

Weah acknowledged that his appointment implies many challenges on the road ahead to securing sustained peace and security for the country, emphasizing that machineries of aggression and coercion should be replaced by a system based on opportunities in which everyone would have a stake in the prosperity and challenges of the country, something he described as a roadmap to follow in fulfilling the responsibility of all.

"It is with great honor and privilege that I humbly accept the appointment as Ambassador for Peace for the country that I love. "

"The common ground that we share is that we are all Liberians and want to see our nation grow and develop to its fullest potential. We can achieve this only through peace and reconciliation", the one-time soccer legend rallied his fellow compatriots.

Weah, political arch-rival of President Johnson-Sirleaf told the audience that he has had the privilege in his professional and private life to advocate for peace and unity, so his commitment to youth and to the reconciliation process is unwavering because he has been a partner for peace for a long time.

He promised to seek full cooperation of all Liberians and the support of the international community, traditional leaders, religious leaders, civil society organizations, students, youth groups, the military, former warlords, ex-child soldiers and commercial motorcyclists, among others whom he believed are crucial in the reconciliation process.

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