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Peace Ambassador Tolbert Harps On Achievements
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, January 12 (LINA) – Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, William R. Tolbert III, has disclosed that his office has been working with the U.N. mission and other stakeholders to maintain peace in the country through peace messages on radio stations across the country.
Addressing a Ministry of Information press briefing in Monrovia Thursday, Amb. Tolbert disclosed that the messages are being and will continuously be aired in the various vernaculars and three other languages- French, Krio and Arabic.
He told journalists at the press conference that his office also organized a “Conference of Eminent Persons”, which brought together groups of people on a regular basis to discuss issues that might undermine peace and security and make appropriate recommendations to the various ministries, agencies and commissions.
Ambassador Tolbert also disclosed that his office in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) organized a two-day workshop with support from the Carter Center which brought together media stakeholders to explain the critical role the media has played and will continue to play in the transformation of Liberia.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Tolbert has pointed out that what is expected of members of the press before, during and after the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections is to disseminate accurate and credible information to ensure that the right things are done.
Peace Ambassador Tolbert explained that his office also held a consultative meeting between officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and motorcyclists to mend their differences, as the relationship between the police and the motorcyclists had been undermined.
He noted that the Peace Ambassador’s Office has also maintained consultations with the National Elections Commission (NEC) in order to ensure that the office is involved with other parties to carry out civic education and other electioneering processes before the October 2017 elections.
“My office also engaged the National Traditional Council, the Inter-religious Council as well as Christians and Muslims, civil society organizations in order to work together in maintaining the peace the country now enjoys,” Tolbert added.
He told the journalists that in late last year, his office brought together 50 youths from Montserrado, 25 Christians and 25 Muslims for a three-day tour of three mass grave cemeteries, including the Center Street Cemetery and Lutheran Church Cemetery, to make them aware of some of the horrible happenings of the past so that they cannot be repeated.
According to him, all of the things done by the Peace Office in the last two years will be replicated in 2017, but will be implemented in collaboration with NEC.