Liberia: CDC Renounces ‘Pro-government’ Protest against US Ambassador
— Says Amb. McCarthy continues to play a positive role in improving relations between the CDC-led government and the government and people of the United States of America.
A release from the Coalition For Democratic Change (CDC) has dismissed as baseless and untrue reports attributed to the November 15, publication of ‘Smart News Liberia, an online news blog.
According to the release, the CDC says the publication which quotes, "we will force him out of liberia - pro gov't supporters plan protest against US Amb. Michael Mccarthy" it is falsely being speculated.
The online blog asserts that individuals purporting to be supporters of the CDC-led government made unwholesome remarks on a local radio station against the United States Ambassador.
The National Executive Committee of the Coalition for Democratic Change refutes these baseless assertions as the workings of detractors who may be impersonating as Pro-Government Supporters, with malicious intent to tarnish the government of Liberia’s reputation and ruin the cordial bilateral ties between the Weah administration and the United States of America,” the CDC release clarified.
“The Coalition for Democratic Change led by President George M. Weah wishes to make unequivocally clear that the CDC will never confront the United States of America in the conveyance of her official policies. The CDC believes in tolerance, freedom of expression and will continue to uphold these cherished values irrespective of disagreements,” the release said.
Moreover, the CDC has multiple diplomatic channels at its disposal through which constructive engagements can be respectfully sought when and if necessary, in areas of mutual concerns,” the release added.
“Ambassador McCarthy is a good friend of Liberia’s transformative agenda under the dynamic leadership of President Weah, and a respected senior member of the diplomatic community.”
“The Coalition for Democratic Change can attest to his commitment to respect, inclusive dialogue, democratic values and laudable support for Liberia’s national development goals including the training of many young Liberian professionals through the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program. Hence, the Coalition For Democratic Change views Ambassador McCarthy as a viable success partner who continues to provide frank assessments on policies of the administration.”
The Coalition for Democratic Change, irrespective of the political persuasions of the alleged masterminds of the outrageous utterances, condemns the verbal attacks against the United States Ambassador and cautions all members of the CDC to take due cognizance and refrain from making comments considered reckless, offensive and unpatriotic.
The Coalition for Democratic Change hereby reaffirms its commitment to peace, stability, the rule of law including the respect for diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Liberia in conformity with Liberia’s international obligations under the Vienna Convention.
As Liberia's premier and traditional ally, the United States continues, through her foreign assistance programs and her embassy near Monrovia, to support Liberia's development drives, a feat which continues presently with the Weah administration.
The US-Liberia partnership flourishes and continues to be strengthened through the stewardship of several Ambassadors assigned to Monrovia, including the current Ambassador Michael McCarthy.
“We, as a people, remain forever in Washington’s debt of gratitude for the incomparable assistance mentioned supra and call on all supporters of the Weah-led administration to show respect and continue to appreciate the US diplomatic mission and not give in to politics of disinformation and propaganda.”