Liberia Not protectorate to U.S.
© The PepperBird Newspaper
MONROVIA, Liberia - The National Chairman of the Ruling National Patriotic Party, Chief Cyril
A. Allen has declared that the Liberian Government is neither a
protectorate nor a colony of the United States Government.
Chairman Allen said the Government of Liberia would under no condition
submit to threat or confrontation from any nation to subvert any portion of
the organic Laws of the Country.
The NPP Chairman' assertion come in the wake of recent statement made by
the U.S. Ambassador accredited to Liberia, John W. Blaney, suggesting to
the Government of Liberia to relax the 10 year Residency Clause to include
opposition politicians to participate in the 2003 Elections.
Ambassador Blaney's statement has come under serious criticisms by civil
organizations, prominent Liberians including the NPP.
Chairman Allen however, maintained that the NPP would not compromise the 10
year Residential Clause or any other provisions in the Constitution
"Opposition Political Parties having problem with the clause have the right
to seek legal redress through the Supreme Court," the NPP Boss lamented.
He has therefore, called on Ambassador Blaney to operate in line with his
diplomatic status and stop interfering with Liberia's internal problems, as
"Our Country is not a colony of the U.S Government." Adding, "Liberians are
architects of their on future"
Commenting further on the U.S. Government's policy on Liberia, Chairman
Allen asked the United States Government to re-examine its own internal
policy, which, according to him, is unacceptable to many countries the
He said, even the U.S. Government's standard of Human Rights record in the
world is not a benchmark.
Meanwhile, Chairman Allen has disclosed that the closure of the Visa
Section by the U.S. Embassy near this Capital is not a big deal, and that
the brain dream in this year's elections and false declaration only to
obtain VISA will subside.