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|“Failure Of TRC Depicts Liberians Failure To Reconcile” -Commissioner Verdier |
|Published on September 28, 2007||Email To Friend Print Version
The Chairman of the TRC, Counselor Jerome Verdier says that provided TRC fails, it means that the Liberian people have failed to reconcile and to learn a lesson from the historical past.
Commissioner Verdier made the assertion when he spoke at the inception of a
two-day workshop sponsored in collaboration with the Carter Center and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission aiming at involving Traditional and Religious Leaders to the TRC process which ended yesterday at the Monrovia City Hall, in Sinkor.
Speaking further at the Workshop which brought together several traditional and religious leaders from the 15 political sub divisions, Chairman Verdier said there are many figures that want the TRC to be a failure but he is of the conviction that the commission will progress to meet its goal and mandate.
He said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has an enormous support from the people of Liberia including its international partners, the President and Government of Liberia.
Commenting on the involvement of the Traditional leader in the TRC process, Chairman Verdier indicates that the Traditional leaders are from the grass root, because as he puts it the problem of the Liberian people is from the grass root and that the solution of the problem has to come from the grass root. He said if traditional leaders were to be embraced and be involved into national decision making process in the past or if they were to be engaged sufficiently from the inception of the civil crisis as a nation the war would not have reached its peak and the mistakes that were made in the past would have been curtailed.
He called on Liberians to be vigilant and awaking in order to avoid the mistakes of the historical past.