23 August Press Briefing Notes

Monday, 23rd August 2010
Executive Mansion Press Briefing Notes
Hosted By: Cyrus Wleh Badio
Colleagues of the Media:

  • Let me, on behalf of the President, extend heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of the late Professor David Kpomakpor, former Chairman of the Interim Council of State, who died last week in the United States of America.  As Head of the Interim Council of State, Professor Kpomakpor, under very difficult circumstances, contributed immensely to the process which led to the peaceful settlement of the Liberian civil conflict. The nation is appreciative of his contribution.
The President has directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work along with the family of the fallen Liberian official to accord him all the courtesies befitting a former leader of our country. A decision has been reached by the family that the remains of the late Professor David Kpomakpor be buried in the United States.

  • The President will this week submit to the National Legislature a report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A number of civil society groups constituted by the President to review the TRC report and suggest a way forward have now submitted their report to Her Excellency.
The President is keen to ensure that a report to the National Legislature on the TRC report contains substantive issues for the lawmakersí consideration.  Once the legislators receive the document, more details will be provided to the public.

  • A report on the boat disaster in Maryland County is still being finalized by the various agencies concerned for submission to the President.  The National Port Authority, the Rubber Plantersí Association, the Justice Ministry, and other agencies concerned, would determine what went wrong and what role Government would play in addressing the issues.  The Presidentís visit to Maryland will be determined when the report is submitted.  The Presidentís visit to the county is also dependent upon the passage of the National Budget which is now before the National Legislature.
The President welcomes the time-line released by the National Elections Commission (NEC) last weekend on the 2011 General and Presidential Elections and calls on all key actors to work along with the Commission in ensuring that the time-line, as released by the Commission, is implemented.

The Threshold Joint Resolution provides a useful framework for the conduct of free and fair elections next year.

  • The President, contrary to reports in the local media,  has given no ultimatum to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador William Bull, to take up assignment as ad hoc Ambassador at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C., in  the United States, pending the appointment of a new Ambassador.
Ambassador Bull, in keeping with normal diplomatic protocol, has been designated by the President to act as Ambassador to Washington, pending the appointment of a replacement to recalled Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes.

I wish to inform you that all arrangements have now been concluded and Ambassador Bull will be leaving the country this week to take up the temporary assignment in Washington.