The Analyst (Monrovia)

12 February 2013

Liberia: Proclamation by the Her Excellency Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia

press release

REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

MONROVIA, LIBERIA

Whereas, the Government of the Republic of Liberia has learned with utter shock and regrets the news of a plane crash near Monrovia, in the early hours of Monday, February 11, 2013, which claimed the lives of the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Guinea, General Kelefa Diallo, and nine others comprising Guinean military officers and flight crew, who were on their way to attend the 56th Anniversary Celebrations of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Liberia; and,

Whereas, it has been the policy of the Government of the Republic of Liberia to adopt such measures as would be appropriate to show solidarity with other friendly nations:

Now, Therefore, I, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, by virtue of the authority in me vested, and in honor of our gallant and distinguished fallen regional military officers and flight crew, do hereby declare Tuesday, February 12, 2013 as a day of mourning for the colossal loss sustained to be observed as a "National Holiday" throughout the Republic.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE SEAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA, IN THE CITY OF MONROVIA, COUNTY OF MONTSERRADO, THIS 11TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2013, AND OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC, THE 166TH.

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