26 August 2013

Liberia: Buttressing a Passionate Appeal to the UN

Over the weekend, several Liberians, including marketers and students made a passionate appeal to the United Nations (UN) to lift what they called the prolonged travel ban placed on prominent Liberian businessman, Benoni Urey.

The UN placed Mr. Urey and other close associates of former President Charles G. Taylor on the travel ban citing security threat they pose as a result of their closeness to the imprisoned former Liberian President.

The Liberians, who made the appeal when they spoke in an exclusive with this paper, decried that it is about time that the UN lift the travel on ban on Mr. Urey as it was done to other Liberians whose names were removed from the ban by the world body.

According to the Liberians, their appeal to the UN is based on the Liberian businessman's immense contributions to the rebuilding of his land of nativity as well as the sustenance of peace following years of political brouhaha.

Among other things, they added that they are of the strongest conviction that the former Maritime Commissioner during regime of former President poses no security threat to the country and that there is no need for fear.

It could be recalled that sometimes ago, the UN removed the names of several associates of Taylor on the travel ban, including Jewel Howard-Taylor, Tupee Taylor, Agnes Reeves Taylor, Cyril Allen, former chairman of the then ruling National Patriotic Party(NPP)John T. Richardson, former Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy and Reginald Goodridge, Taylor's Presidential Press Secretary among others.

In consideration of the appeal by these Liberians, we encourage the UN to see reason to lift the travel on Mr. Urey.

We believe Mr. Urey will contribute his quota more to the rebuilding of his country if he is removed from the travel ban.

While we acknowledge the UN's stance to impose travel ban on close associates of Taylor, we think those actions that necessitated the travel ban no longer exist.

This is why we are buttressing the appeal by our fellow compatriots for the UN to consider Mr. Urey as it did with other close associates of Taylor sometimes ago.

No doubt, the removal of Mr. Urey from the travel ban will serve as a boost to the ongoing reconciliation process in the country It is our ardent hope that the UN will consider the appeal for sustained peace.

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