to the Organizers of the All Liberia National
more than ever, Liberians have to unify.
We have very little time to make a difference.
of those who frequently attend Liberian
meetings and conferences described the All
Liberian National Conference held this weekend
in Columbia, Maryland as a very successful
to the organizers and to the participants
who traveled from as far as Europe, Africa,
Canada, Minnesota, Texas, California and
others far and near to attend this important
conference on Liberia.
in attendance were pleasantly surprised
with the organization, the quality of the
presentations, the cohesiveness during deliberations
and as mentioned above, the turnout.
was great to see Liberians from all walks
of life, representing all adult age groups,
from varied professions, backgrounds, local,
national and international organizations
in attendance. What was even more fascinating
was that they were all there to PARTICIPATE
in discussions on Liberia's multiple social,
economical, and political problems and make
recommendations for practical solutions,
approaches and means.
two National Conferences were held on Liberia,
it is encouraging to hear that the agreements
reached by the organizers of the Columbia
Conference are the same agreements the Washington
DC Conference concluded and agreed to.
complain however, that is heard over and
over in Washington is that there are many
different groups and individuals in the
Diaspora (US & Europe) speaking for
Liberia. In other words, too many individual
voices demonstrating very little unity.
will not be in the interest of Liberia or
the Liberian people, if two different groups
approach the same leaders in Washington,
the European Union or at the UN regarding
similar issues on Liberia.
that the two conferences are over and each
can boast of successful turnouts and productive
sessions, we are saying congratulations
to both organizing groups.
are advocating that both Steering Committees
meet and develop a joint committee so that
Liberians can speak with a united voice.
is our hope that the Steering committees
of both organizations use this opportunity
not for retribution in terms of who was
right or wrong, which at this point in time,
is not important. What is most important
is that the two groups come together, accentuate
the commonalties of both conferences in
moving forward and do it soon.
it becomes necessary, the meeting can be
facilitated by a third party, trusted by