"Noteworthy is the spirit and intent of other UN authorities that spearheaded the concretisation of conflict resolutions, economic recovery and development worldwide. Its emphasis lies on capacity building of government for successful implementation.
As the latest formal document on conflict resolution, prevention and management is being considered the Economic Community of West African States must rely on its parent organisation the Organisation of African Unity, the depository of its legal instruments, in developing an appropriate and juridical formulated permanent structure in isolation of a continental approach.
My fellow citizens, we in Liberia envisage that the African reality is now of utmost importance, especially with giant superorganisms such as the European Union, the Asian and Pacific States Organisation and the North-South American Trade Arrangements dominating world treads in development. Therefore special attention must be accorded to the Cairo Declaration of 1993 in updating existing ECOWAS protocols of 24 July 1993 when it comes to a collective security mechanism.
The strength of our foreign policy and indeed the bedrock of our diplomacy are derived of our consistency over the years. The formulation of Liberia's foreign policy was erected out of the virtues of the emancipation, creation and independence of the nation which more than 150 years ago stood the test of time against colonial aggression and in the ensuing years helplessly lost close to 80 per cent of its territory.
Liberia's participation, with the help of German gunboats, in the abolition of the slave trade by using its territory as a safe haven for the settlement of recaptured slaves from the Congo en route to North America.
In defence of its sovereignty Liberia about 60 years ago successfully staved off an attempt by the League of Nations to subjugate the nation through the status of a protectorate over charges inability to govern itself as a result of allegations of slave trading in the Fernando Po scandal.
Liberia's long-standing leadership role in Africa, particularly in the critical pre and post independence area, was the essential factor that helped to shape the protocols and structures of conventional and regional organisations.
Monrovia served as the venue in 1959 for a five-day meeting of foreign ministers from nine independent states to find a solution to the end of the Algerian war. African independence was stressed, while the concept of our African solution to conflict resolution was given birth. The big three at the conference, Guinea, Ghana and Liberia, called for the recognition of the provisional Algerian government of Ferhat Abbas in Cairo. The three countries also protested against France's plan for atomic tests in the Sahara dessert because of the fallout dangers for neighbouring African countries.
The Sanniquellie conference of 1959 served as the historic occasion for the final settlement of the modality for African unity. President William VS Tubman of Liberia prevailed over Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana when he called for a loose association of African states as opposed to Nkrumah's united states of Africa."
Pause there. You've already spoken about that, haven't you, Mr Taylor?