Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Professor Al-Hassan Conteh, has paid tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the search of lasting peace and security in the world.A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the Liberian envoy recognized in particular the important role and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in maintaining national and global peace and security.“The Nigerian military has taken a vanguard role restoring peace and stability in West Africa. My sister here [the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner] mentioned Sierra Leone and of course I can mention the same about Liberia. You know the history [about ECOMOG’s intervention],” the Ambassador said. Ambassador Conteh made the commendation when he delivered his goodwill message during the observance of World Peace Day held in Abuja last week at a continental hotel.The program was hosted by the Coalition of Civil Societies in Nigeria with a focus on ‘All Civil Society Conference on Peace, Security and Military Relations in commemoration of the United Nations World Peace Day.’ Speaking on how civil society and the military can collaborate, Ambassador Conteh said the civil-military collaboration must also address problems of abject poverty, extreme hunger, mass unemployment, and political marginalization. Ambassador Conteh insisted that civil society must continue its work with the military to confront insurgencies and armed conflicts which are the causes of wanton global fatalities: “Civil society and the military must complement each other to ensure a stable and violent-free world.” He warned that if this must work, governments must provide the enabling environment for peace to thrive. He also said civil society must be in the vanguard to mobilize other relevant stakeholders to work for peace: “This is a collective responsibility that all stakeholders must steadfastly support.” Ambassador Conteh, who also delivered the goodwill message on behalf of the Dean of the Diplomatic Community, stated that he and his fellow envoys remain unflinchingly committed to supporting and promoting peace and security: “We will continue to work with every segment of the Nigerian society through joint actions and partnerships that are mutually reinforcing to institutionalize the culture of peace in Nigeria, Africa and the world.” Citing the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Armed Conflict Survey, the Liberian Ambassador noted that there are currently 42 armed conflicts around the world, ranging from civil wars, insurgencies to other forms of violent unrests.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LGE talksThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have officially met to commence discussions on reaching an agreement to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections which are slated for November this year.The meeting took place on Monday afternoon following the insistence of the AFC and the dispatch of several pieces of legislation between the two coalition partners.An AFC executive, who spoke with Guyana Times briefly on Tuesday evening said the discussions went well between the two sides and more meetings are scheduled to take place to work out the various agenda items, which require in depth analysis and full agreement.“We had an agreement the last time there was the hosting of Local Government Elections. While we were satisfied with some of the arrangements in place, I think we were concerned about some of the candidates and the allotment of seats in various areas. We were also concerned about the post electoral arrangement and the quality of the candidates that were fielded,” the executive said briefly.The AFC executive declined to say where the meeting actually took place or who were some of the persons present at the initial discourse.“I think we agreed to keep all of those kinds of information confidential until we are at an advanced stage of discussions… so I will not divulge any information about what was actually discussed during that first encounter”, the executive said.Efforts to contact APNU General Secretary Joseph Harmon and AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams for a comment proved futile but the Government’s Department of Public Information did confirm that the meeting took place.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was reliably informed that the AFC is intent on demanding an equal number of candidates to the APNU for the upcoming polls. The party also wants to have more members on the joint slate contesting key areas in Georgetown, with the aim in the end of having the mayorship of the Capital City rotated based on a formal agreement.The talks between the AFC and APNU come on the heels of the first partner issuing an ultimatum last week to discuss several key issues before a formal decision by the AFC to coalesce for the polls.On May 1, 2018, the AFC gave President David Granger 14 days for the meeting to take place after its executives raised concerns about neglect, disrespect and unfair treatment by APNU.