Foreign Minister Maxwell Kemayah has called on members of the Liberian Senate to enact into law the bill on the establishment of the National Center for the Coordination of Response Mechanism to mitigate conflict in the country and the sub-region.
Speaking Monday at a public hearing on the bill to establish the NCCRM, Minister Kemayah said Liberia is a signatory to the treaty establishing the Economic Community of West African States.
Minister Kemeyah stated that Chapter IV of the 1999 ECOWAS protocol (mechanism for conflict prevention, management, resolution, peacekeeping, and security) provides the framework for the establishment of a sub-regional peace and security system on Early Warning.
The public hearing was organized by the joint committee on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions of the Liberian Senate on a bill to establish the National Center for the Coordination of Response Mechanism, which was submitted by President George Weah.
Minister Kemayah mentioned that Articles 8 and 9 of the 2010 Monrovia Declaration distinctly state that ECOWAS should enhance the capacity of member states to manage and resolve local and low-intensity conflicts by developing national mechanisms to reinforce the existing peace and security architecture.
On the issue of the importance of Bill’s passage, Minister Kemayah said Liberia, as a post-conflict nation has been affected by conflicts and socio-political crises, the causes of which were not detected or identified at the appropriate time to ensure timely prevention.