Senate response to US Embassy statement

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MONROVIA-The Liberian senate has responded to a statement from the US  Embassy in Monrovia concerning  the election of  Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson  and Varney Sherman of Cap Mount county on two powerful committee   chairs.

In a communication to the Embassy, it said the senate acknowledges with  thanks and a sens of appreciation the interest of the embassy of the United States of America near the capital on the election conducted on May 81, 2012 to fill six  of the 12 vacant positions on its leadership committee as reflected in its statement issued on May 19,2021.

 

“The senate takes note of the  concern expressed by the US  Embassy on  the election of senator Johnson as chair on the committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence and Veterans  Affairs who is being accused of committing war chirms and crimes  and the retention of Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County  who has been sanctioned by the US  Department of Treasury  for alleged bribery and corruption as chair on Judiciary,  Human rights, claims and  petitions.

“The Liberian senate wishes to assure the US Embassy and other bilateral partners, multilateral partners and other members of the international community, local and international organizations, and institutions and  the citizens of this country  that  in no way does it support the commission of war crimes, human rights abuse ,  bribery, corruption other domestic and international crimes and impunity.

“In furtherance of thee prolonged and historic relationship between Liberia  and the United States, the senate without delay seek  the opportunity through diplomatic channels, to engage the US embassy to seek clarity on  its concern expressed  in the press statement, provide  the necessary information on the matter and find a way to address the concerns,” it said.

It can be recalled that the US embassy issued a statement concerning the elections of th two senators  to chair the various committees.

Senator Johnson during the days as rebel leader

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