The Chairman of the Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has described as “inappropriate” increasing calls by individuals and groups including the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) for the current government of Liberia to implement the report of the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
CDC National Chairman, Morlu K. Morlu, wonders why the UN Deputy SG, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, is calling for implementation of the TRC report at this time, when the peacekeeping operation of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has ended.
Mr. Morlu indicated that “it is unfortunate that the UN Deputy SG and others are calling for the full implementation of the TRC report when the UN Peacekeeping Mission that has been in Liberia for the past 12 years is leaving the country after the completion of its duties.
According to the Liberian ruling party Chairman, the appropriate time to have implemented such report was during the 12 years of the former regime when Liberia experienced the heavy presence of the United Nations Peacekeepers in the country.
The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, during her recent visit to Liberia strongly called on the new government to fully implement the recommendations of the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
In June 2009, the TRC, in its Final report, established that all former warring factions in the Liberian armed conflict were responsible for serious violations of domestic and international law, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, widespread and systematic rape and sexual slavery, torture, use and recruitment of child soldiers, and mass executions of civilians.
The TRC, in its report, also recommended among others the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of serious violations of international criminal and humanitarian law.
The United Nations Deputy Secretary General added, “It is also critical to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for the legislature to pass key bills that will support local inclusion and reconciliation”. “These would be timely measures that would assure Liberians that there is strong resolve to see a conclusion to this process,” said Amina J. Mohammed in Monrovia at the turnover of UN radio to ECOWAS.
Mulbah Morlu: “We need convening answer for the UN Deputy SG, with respect to why they are now calling for the implementation of this report at this time when UNMIL is leaving?”
The Ruling party Chairman added that Liberia currently has a fragile security, noting that “ The army is understaffed, and some of those trained have already left the army and are sitting home, the Liberian National Police(LNP) is faced with lot of challenges owing to gross lack of logistics,” Morlu emphasized.
The CDC Chairman expressed fear that most of the Liberian former warlords captured in the TRC report for alleged violation of war crimes and crimes against humanity are currently in high profile positions in government and command lots of followers.
The CDC Chairman further fears that any attempt to have those accused officials in government prosecuted may lead to another insurrection in the country, noting “If we go after these people, and their followers may go on the rampage, we don’t have the security to deal with such situation.”
Morlu: “We are on record of advocating for the implementation of the TRC report, why were they silence at the time when our security was in the hands of the International community. Why they didn’t join us at the time to call for the full implementation of the TRC report”.
Morlu asserted that if the current government implements such report and it triggers an unrest in the country, it will only prove to the western powers some of whom strongly hold the belief that President Weah will not succeed in developing the country”.
“We do not want the country’s peace, serenity and development to be undermined,” the CDC Chairman emphasized.
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