Youth Group Calls For Referendum

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…For War Crimes Court

By A. Omaska Jallah

Amidst calls for establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia, a youth organization under the banner Youth League of Liberia Against War Tribunal (YLLWT) is supporting called from the Foreign Affairs Minister, Gbezohngar Findley for a referendum for the establishment of the Court.

Last Month, Minister Findley said it will be necessary for the establishment of the court to go through a referendum, noting that many Liberians will vote against it on grounds that reconciliation is the best way forward for the overall development of the country.

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According to the Secretary General of the group Abu M. Sheriff, the defeat of an American Statesman, Dan Donovan in the recent American Mid Term election is a clear manifestation to the fact that his bill to the US Congress sometimes in September of this year is a misrepresentation of majority views of Liberian in the United States of America.

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It can be recalled that former Congressman Donovan supported by some Liberians in the USA condemned Minister Findley calls for referendum on the creation of a War Crimes Court in Liberia.

The US former Congressman termed the position of the Liberian Foreign Minister as unfortunate.

But Mr. Sheriff said Liberians should now be thinking about reconciliation and how to rebuild and develop their country instead of calling for the court that will deepen old wounds.

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“We are of the strongest opinion, backed by empirical facts available to us that the majority of our people opposed calls for war crimes court and are prepared to demonstrate their action through a democratic process through a referendum,” Abu said.

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