Ambassador of Germany, Dr. Jakob Haselhuber, and Ambassador of France, Michael Roux accredited near Monrovia have concluded talks with UL President, Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson, and his administration to hold a one-day reconciliation dialogue on the campus of the University of Liberia.
The dialogue, according to the two ambassadors, is to foster reconciliation among citizens. They however stated; participants will mainly comprise academicians; including students at the UL studying international politics, and reading general courses.
Representatives from civil society organizations, including the religious and traditional councils of Liberia are also invited.
The event will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, in the UL Capitol Hill Campus auditorium at 11:00 am and broadcast live and streamed on the UL online platforms; Facebook, UL website, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other online and social media platforms.
According to the diplomats who are the main conveners of the dialogue, presentations will be made on the philosophical and historical ties both Germany and France share to maintain world peace.
“We will share our experiences on how far Germany and France have come in the context of reconciliation”, they assured
Amb. Dr. Jakob Haselhuber of Germany underscored the importance of reconciliation through engagement and dialogue. “We want to continue to engage with citizens of Liberia toward reconciliation considering the recent wave of violence and hate speeches being carried out in many parts of Liberia in recently”, He said.
Amb. Haselhuber wants university students and academicians to take the responsibility of performing the meaningful role of maintaining peace.
“Both Germany and France would like to contribute to conflict prevention without pointing fingers at others as persons responsible for the level of fragility that persists in some quarters of the Liberian society”, Amb. Haselhuber added.
Also speaking, Amb. Roux of France expressed his country’s willingness to further support sustained reconciliation in Liberia.
“France stands ready to always support the process of reconciliation in Liberia and hopes the University of Liberia will continue to partner with us to achieve genuine reconciliation in Liberia”, Amb. Roux urged.
Dr. Nelson, for his part, embraced the efforts and thanked the Ambassadors Haselhuber and Roux for selecting the UL to hold what he described as a vital tool for genuine peace and reconciliation in Liberia.
“These dialogues will reduce tensions and contribute to our peace especially as we go to an election this year’, Dr. Nelson emphasized.
He pledged the UL commitment to the efforts of fostering reconciliation through dialogue among students, and the citizenry.