The New Dawn (Monrovia)

12 February 2014

Liberia: GVL Urges Peaceful Dialogue

Golden Veroleum Liberia or GVL has called for peaceful dialogue, responsible and sensitive resolution with residents in its operational areas. In a statement issued Tuesday, the Company urged residents not to resort to threats, intimidation or violence to resolve different viewpoints.

It urged the parties to engage it responsibly and calmly in dialogue and debate, "Our understanding is that early on Monday 10 February at approximately 0600, two of our security personnel guarding company assets were approached by a group of four individuals in a remote area in Tarjuowon," the release noted.

GVL said given that they felt threatened and that the individuals appeared to be armed, their security personnel reported the incident to the site supervisor, who further reported the incident to the Tarjuowon Statutory District Superintendent at approximately 0700 Tuesday morning, as per the company standard operating procedures.

It said there were arrests made and the arrested persons had been released on bail. GVL said it reports all incidents to the authorities, when safety and security appear compromised, but do not make requests for specific actions to be taken by the authorities for reporting of a potential crime.

The company maintained that it respects Liberian laws and Liberian citizens' right to peaceful protest, but do not condone threats, violence or any other form of intimidation by any party as a mechanism for resolving differences in views.

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