Participants posed for a photo shortly after the event

National Peace Ambassador William R. Tolbert III, recently called on Liberians, especially politicians to maintain the country’s peace in the wake of the pending run-off election.

Amb. Tolbert told politicians to uphold the values of nationhood and patriotism, which are some of the most important factors to the country’s stability.

He challenged politicians and stakeholders to be proactive and robust in the implementation of the national peace building road map.

“We all have to support the on-going peace building and reconciliation initiative the government and the international community advanced,” Tolbert told his audience.

Tolbert was delivering remarks at  a two-day consultative forum to review the strategic road map for national  peace building, healing and reconciliation.

The gathering held in Gbarnga, Bong County, was jointly organized by the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), the Peace Building office at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) with support from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Quick Impart Project.

Over 100 multi-stakeholders from the 15 counties that have made significant input into the strategic document were in attendance.

The road map was developed with the involvement of stakeholders. Christopher Fayiah, senior program manager at the peace-building office said the event was aimed at revising the national peace building, healing and reconciliation road map with a view to making it more responsive to current reality and ensuring that all stakeholders contribute to the document.

Anthony Sheriff, Bong County Acting Superintendent, encouraged stakeholders to fully participate in the deliberation, and thanked the organizers particularly the Peace Building Office and FIND for selecting his county to host the event.

Sirleaf also commended national peace ambassador for timely intervention in resolving the disputes between Bomi and Gbarpolu counties, which according to the superintendent would have exploded into full blown conflict.

Earlier, Roosevelt A.K. Woods, FIND’s executive director said, that the forum was a follow-up to the last review held in April of this year.

The strategic road map for national peace building, healing and reconciliation was commissioned several years ago by the government of Liberia with support from its international partners including the United Nations.

The ongoing review process spearheaded by the Foundation for International Dignity is intended to incorporate new issues including, land, gender mainstreaming and youth participation as well as bringing the five reconciliation principle institutions (MIA, MFDP, ONPA, INCHR and GC).

The final version of the Strategic road map  will be adopted by stakeholders including the  five principle institutions on national reconciliation and formally presented to the Government of Liberia as a working document to consolidate national peace building, healing and reconciliation during the  incoming administration.

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