The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

The first subheading is:

"Keeping the record straight on US-Liberia relations.

As the Liberian government and people begin the critical year 2003, it is incumbent upon the Taylor administration to assess, and if possible redirect the course of its relations with its principal traditional ally, the United States of America. It is the intention of the government to set the record straight on a number of issues that have arisen since Liberia embarked upon its constructive engagement policy with the United States."

Second subheading:

"The Government of Liberia constructive engagement policy.

The government and people of Liberia painfully realised a number of years ago that the United States government had instituted a policy of 'no interest' in Liberia. Washington has since failed to support democracy following the 1997 elections and continues to exhibit apathy towards post-war reconstruction. In spite of this realisation, the Taylor government fostered its constructive engagement policy to build confidence with Washington DC and encourage normalisation of relations.

To this end, the government employed diplomatic overtures, public relations efforts and a general show of goodwill in acceding to numerous demands of the United States. It appears, however, that all of these efforts have not been met with an equal measure of goodwill from our American friends.

More disappointingly, these efforts have only been recorded by a bellicose behaviour on the part of successive US officials, who have pursued an anti-Liberian policy in support of sanctions and arms embargo, military, economic and diplomatic pressures against the peace-loving people of Liberia. Arrival of US Ambassador John Blaney. The arrival of John William Blaney as the new US ambassador to Liberia, following a period characterised by acrimony during the tenure of his predecessor" - remind us, Mr Taylor, who was his predecessor?

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