Sen. Wesseh Requests Special Joint Legislative Session

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The Chairman of the Joint Legislative Modernization Committee, Senator Conmany B. Wesseh, has requested the holding of a special session of the Senate, or if possible the entire Legislature to celebrate the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) on Monday, August 18, or Tuesday, August 19, which ever date is deemed appropriate.
Senator Wesseh’s request was contained in a two-page letter addressed to his colleagues dated August 12, and read before plenary yesterday during its 54th day sitting.
In his letter, the River Gee lawmaker recalled that on August 18, 2003, Liberia’s political, civil society, warring factions and other leaders signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord, which he asserted ended the 14 years of civil war in the country.
The process leading to the signing of the CPA held in Accra, Ghana after three months of negotiations was facilitated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), assisted by the United Nations and the United States with former Nigerian Head of State General Abdusalami A. Abubakar as principal mediator.
Considering what he described as the historical importance “of that singular event to the current peace we are enjoying,” Senator Wesseh recalled that the Government of Liberia…organized an elaborate celebration of the 10th Anniversary in a week of activities that culminated in a fascinating program held on August 18, 2012 at the Centennial Pavilion.
“As elected representatives of the people of Liberia who are the net beneficiaries of the peace occasioned by the CPA, we must never, ever forget what has been achieved and the immeasurable possibilities of the future in peace.”
During the program which Senator Wesseh noted could include speeches, prayers and the singing of patriotic songs, guests could also be invited from the other branches of government, the diplomatic corps, civil society, religious community and others.
Senator Wesseh who throughout the civil war formed part of the hierarchy of negotiating delegations that visited every corner of the sub-region in search of lasting peace, and eventually helped found the peace accord, maintained that the celebrations need no effort of convincing.
On August 18, 2003, Wesseh emphasized, Liberian leaders made a strong pledge to end the armed violence which killed about 250,000 citizens, displaced more than a million internally and externally, devastated families and communities, destroyed economy and infrastructure, and reduced Liberia to a failed state and a beggar nation.
“On that day, Liberians made and began to keep a promise never to go to war with themselves anymore, but to rebuild reform and create governing institutions such as the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary that would maintain enduring peace in our country.”
The leaders who signed the CPA, according Senator Wesseh, restored hope to the children and youth of Liberia that there was a future to live for, and promised to fully commit themselves to peace, social economic process, democracy, integrity and above all, to love country.
“By celebrating the CPA,” Senator Wesseh noted, “we are reminding ourselves, the people we represent and those who have stood by us during our trials and tribulations that we have a promise to keep and a vow to renew.”
With the overwhelming importance attached to the communication, the plenary voted to constitute five-member ad-hoc committee whose mandate is to work out a feasibility plan for the ceremony.
The committee is chaired by Senator Wesseh, co-chair by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee, with Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor, H. Dan Morais and former peace Ambassador George Manneh Weah of Nimba, Bong, Maryland and Montserrado Counties, respectively, as members.

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