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National Reconciliation Conference Begins Monday

Montserrado County, Liberia
11 June, 2009
Categorized as pertaining to: Events

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) will Monday convene a weeklong National Reconciliation Conference at the Unity Conference Center in Virginia, outside Monrovia.

TRC Chairman Counselor Jerome addressing a news conference Wednesday said the National Reconciliation Conference will afford Liberians a final opportunity in the current TRC process to impact the TRC's peace building initiatives, discuss the issues that led the nation to conflict and division and begin the process of reconciliation aimed at bringing closure to Liberia's conflict past.

Cllr. Verdier said that the conference will provide an occasion for garnering the contribution of all Liberians to the reconciliation process and ensure that the TRC process is inclusive leading to its final report which will be representative of the views of a broad spectrum of the Liberian society.

He said the conference will also establish a national consensus on the implementation of the TRC recommendations.

The deliberations, Cllr. Verdier said will complement issues that featured during the TRC Regional County Consultations and the TRC process in general. He said delegates from the political subdivision of Liberia, civil society and other stakeholders will make presentations on how cohesiveness and national reconciliation can be attained in Liberia.

He said the conference will create a forum where victims and perpetrators will engage each other in public demonstration of reconciliation, healing and forgiveness, aimed at setting off the nation's reconciliation agenda.

The TRC Chair said that Liberians from the 15 counties, the Diaspora, government functionaries, stakeholders, TRC local and international partners and civil society organizations will be represented.

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