Vice President Boakai Commits Liberia to Peace

Saturday, 22nd September 2007
Vice President Boakai delivers the keynote address on the International Day of Peace at San Diego University.
Vice President Boakai delivers the keynote address on the International Day of Peace at San Diego University.
Photo Credit: Press & Public Affairs/Office of the Vice President
San Diego, California - Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reassured the world community that Liberia will henceforth join forces with nations committed to the promotion of world peace, rather be the problem child of West Africa.

"Liberia did not only host African freedom fighters like Robert Mugabe and Nelson Mandela, but helped many African nations attain independence. Liberia is once again prepared to play its role as a beacon of hope to oppressed Africans. Rather than be the problem child of West Africa, or the exporter of conflict, Liberia is once again fully prepared to  join the international community in finding solutions to the myriad perennial problems African nations encounter," Vice President Boakai assured.

He was speaking Friday at programs marking International Day of Peace at the Institute of Peace and Justice at San Diego University in California.

The Liberian Vice President said the establishment of the Kofi Annan Institute of Conflict Resolution at the University of Liberia is a testimony of the war-scarred country's commitment to serve as a symbol of peace in West Africa, adding, "the sufferings Liberians experienced as a result of the conflict has made us appreciate the blessings of peace brings".

"Not only has our government, led by the first elected female president in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf resolved to consolidate the peace, but also to ensure that henceforth, no inch of Liberian territory will be used to destabilize the West African sub-region," he emphasized.  

Vice President Boakai used the occasion to call on arms manufacturers and rich nations to refrain from using Africa as a testing ground for manufactured weapons, and allow Africans to live in peace.

He said he considered it hypocritical for rich nations to continue to sell weapons to African dissident groups and later spend millions of dollars in efforts to nurture and consolidate peace in these very countries they helped to destabilize.