Monrovia, June 8, 2019: The Government of Liberia has frowned on the unwillingness of the Council of Patriots (COP) to present its petition after requesting the Government to appear and receive it. It can be recalled that this is the second time the COP has refused to present the same petition to the government. On May 14 2019, Unification Day, the COP declined to present its petition at a meeting brokered by international partners with President George M. Weah and promised that it would have been done on June 7.
A high power delegation comprising the Dean of the Cabinet, Honorable Gbehzongar Findley, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cllr. Musa Dean, Justice Minister, Hon. Trokon Kpui, Minister of State Without Portfolio, the Security and Legal Advisor, Jefferson Karmoh, who were all designated by the President, went to meet the COP at the Capitol Building venue of the assembly at 3:15pm, and remained there until 5:30pm.
After more than 2 hours of delay, the COP demanded the release of individuals who were arrested for assaulting a police officer as a precondition for the presentation of their petition.
The Liberian Government regards this demand as an attempt to undermine the rule of law. The accused have been charged and awaiting appearance in court represented by their lawyer.
The government reiterates its commitment to the precepts and tenets of democracy and will continue to ensure that all citizens are protected under the law.
The government also commends the police and other members of the security apparatus for their professionalism during Friday’s activities by the COP.
The government is also grateful to members of the international community, including ECOWAS, the UN and the AU, for their efforts in promoting peace and security in Liberia.
Eugene Lenn Nagbe