Pres. Taylor Meets Ellen Sirleaf, Others
© All about Liberia
By John R. Dennis
Charles Ghankay Taylor
Charles Ghankay Taylor today held talks with Liberian opposition political leaders
The meeting was
held at the Cabinet room of the Executive Mansion on capitol Hill.
Seventeen political party leaders including Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the
Unity Party participated in the deliberations that highlighted crucial state matters.
Sirleaf is one of the key critics of the Taylor Administration.
of the issues discussed were national reconciliation, the war in the northwest
of Liberia and the 2003 presidential and general elections.
at the gathering of the political leaders, Mrs. Sirleaf concurs with the government
that there exists misinformation and disinformation campaign against it.
added that such a development is seriously undermining the development of the
She told the forum
that a day before meeting with the Liberian Chief Executive, she was told by some
individuals in the presence of her party Chairman that the government intended
to have her arrested today at the meeting.
Unity Party flag bearer who has not met with the Liberian leader for a protracted
period of time however, expressed her preparedness to work along with the government
in the area of national reconciliation and healing.
indicated that the ensuing national reconciliation conference slated to be held
in Liberia next July is one of the possible ways of making such a dream a reality.
government is organizing the conference.
at the well-attended occasion, President Taylor called on the political leaders
to suggest ways by which the conference's objective of national unity would be
He reiterated his
government's commitment to the rule of law, freedom of the press and expression.
On the issue of the recent ban placed on public gathering, president Taylor clarified
that the action does not affect political meetings.
said the suspension of mass rallies was done in the interest of the state and
He said, there
are reports that troublemakers are planning to infiltrate political rallies to
cause havoc in the country and blame such criminal act on state security forces.
the political leaders have reiterated their condemnation of the insurgency launched
against the country by the rebel Liberian United for reconciliation and democracy