The Who's Who at the Donor Conference on Liberia - U.N. headquarters Friday, Feb. 6, 2004

 

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan pledged support to the National Transitional Government of Liberia

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged $200 million Friday to start rebuilding Liberia after 14 years of civil war and urged the world community to help Liberians seize what may be Liberia's last, best chance for peace.

Jaques Paul Klein, heads the U.N. mission in Liberia. Jacques-Paul Klein is the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Liberia

$520 Million Pledged for Rebuilding Liberia

Editor's Comment: It took 23 years (1980 - 2003) for the Liberian Crisis to make it to the top of the UN & US priority list. Let's not blow this one chance to achieve long lasting peace, not only for this generation, but for all future generations of Liberians. Let's do it right and correct the system that allowed 17 men, and a handful of others, to destabilized an entire nation and brought 3.3 million people to war.

The assisination of our President should not cause our governmental structure, our nation, and our people to be derailed and destoryed.

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Charles Gyude Bryant, right, Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, speaks during a meeting at U.N. headquarters Friday, Feb. 6, 2004. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The World and Liberia says

"No" to Political Violence, War, Rebels brutaility, Death, Destruction, Neglect, Decline & Decay.

We say "Yes" to Peace, Revitialization, Justice, Equality, Unity and prosperity for All Liberians...

Thomas Kitt, representing the European Union Presidency

(L to R) US Secretary of State Colin Powell, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Mark Malloch Brown, Chairman of the Conference on Liberia, and Charles Gyude Bryant, Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. France also wants U.S. support for a U.N. peacekeeping mission in neighboring Ivory Coast.

"I assure you that Liberia will rise again. I know this because there is now a concerted solidarity running across the broadest spectrum of Liberians that political violence will no longer return to Liberia"

"It is time to heal the wounds, reconcile our people and commence in earnest the process of national renewal" Gyude Bryant

Powell Makes Impassioned Plea for Liberia Funding

Powell said that as a career military man, he was particularly touched by stories of Liberian children being recruited into war, drugged, beaten and made into sexual slaves for other fighters.

"These boys and girls have known more horrors in their young lives than anyone, let alone a child, ever should have to endure," he told the gathering.

"We must help these children. If we help these deeply traumatized children to live in hope, then there is also hope for all of Liberia. Indeed we must bring fresh faith in the future to a country that for too long has lived in hopelessness,"

Gyude Bryant, left, chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (news - web sites), and U.S. Secretary of State shake hands before a news press conference at the United Nations in New York, Friday February 6, 2004.