Interfaith Leaders Pledge to Build Peace in Region

January 31, 2006

Source: Information Service for Africa

On January 31, 2006 Catholic Information Service for Africa reported, "Interfaith leaders from West Africa and the United States meeting in Liberia vowed to work together to monitor government activity, promote justice and equality, and minimize corruption to help achieve lasting peace in the region. Regional faith leaders committing to the initiative included Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and [Baha'is]. The action plan concluded a three-day international conference held in Monrovia, aimed at raising the visibility of peace efforts by the religious community and consolidating their peace efforts in fragile post-conflict Liberia and other Mano River Union countries. The gathering, co-sponsored by the Church World Service and the United States Catholic Mission Association, was the first international conference held in Liberia since the recent election of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Liberia's new Vice President Joseph N Boakai delivered the keynote address. He pledged 'overwhelming support' for peace consolidation efforts but cautioned that those who feel 'left out of the political process' must see improvements in their lives if there is to be a lasting peace."