MONROVIA: As their own way of expressing displeasure over the Foya incidence over last week, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations(UN) have said in the run-up to the October 10 elections, they have noted with grave concern the violence that broke out in Lofa County between the Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), leading to the loss of three lives, which they condemn in the strongest terms.
According to a press statement released over the weekend, ECOWAS and the UN extended deep condolences to the families of the deceased.
The release said in the spirit of the Farmington River Declaration 2023, the protection of human rights, and under the due process of the rule of law, ECOWAS and the UN call on the leaders of the UP and CDC to strongly urge their partisans to refrain from provocation and any other acts of violence. They further called on the UP and CDC to fully cooperate with the LNP in the ongoing investigations.
“ECOWAS and the UN commend the Liberia National Police (LNP) for promptly restoring calm. They urge the LNP to conduct speedy and impartial investigations, make public their findings and ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted”, the statement said.
The two international bodies actively involved in the ongoing electoral process also on the media to be responsible in their reporting so as to avoid inflaming the volatile situation
“ECOWAS and the UN call on all stakeholders and the public at large to continue upholding the values of peace, accountability, respect for the rule of law, in order to consolidate peace and security in Liberia during this critical electoral period”, the release concluded.