The Liberian Senate says it takes note of the concerns expressed by the US Embassy on the elevation of Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County (PYJ) as chairman of the Committee on Defense, Security, intelligence and Veteran Affairs who is being who has accused of committing war crimes and the retention of Senator Varney G. Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County; who has been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for alleged bribery and corruption, as Chair of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions.
In its May 21, 2021 Press Statement issued the Liberian Senate pointed out that it wishes to assure the US Embassy, other bilateral partners, multilateral partners other members of the International community, local and international organizations and institutions and citizens of this country, that in no way does it support the commission of war crimes, human rights abuses, bribery, corruption, other domestic and international crimes and impunity.
Touching on the traditional ties between the two countries, the Senate noted that in furtherance of the prolonged relationship between Liberia and the United States, the Senate will without delay seek the opportunity, through diplomatic channels, to engage the US Embassy to seek clarity on concerns expressed in the press statement, provide the necessary information on the matter and find a way to address these concerns.
Also seizing this opportunity, the Senate once again expressed its thanks to the United States of America, through its Embassy accredited near Monrovia for the numerous contributions to Liberia’s developmental endeavors, the sustenance of peace and the nurturing of the tenets of democracy in our country.
Earlier, the Liberian Senate has acknowledged with thanks and a deep sense of appreciation the interest of on the Embassy of the United States of America near Monrovia on the election conducted on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, by the Liberian Senate to fill six (6) fo the twelve (12) vacant positions on its Leadership Committee as reflected in its statement issued on May 19, 2021.
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