AT THE ACP-EU CONFAB...REP. GRAY CALLS FOR STANCE AGAINST UNCONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE OF POWER IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
April 3, 2022...Strasbourg, France-PRESS RELEASE: The Head of the Liberian Parliamentary Delegation to the African-Caribbean Pacific States and the European Union Parliamentary Delegation (ACP-EU), Representative Acarous Moses Gray, has reiterated Liberia's stance against any form of unconstitutional change of power in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking at the opening of the conference on April 1, 2022 at the 41st Joint Parliamentary meeting of the African Caribbean Pacific States and the European Union taking place in Strasbourg, France, the Liberian lawmaker called on the body to take an "uncompromising" position on the matter.
According to a dispatch from France, Representative Gray is leading the country's delegation at the seven-day assembly, which brings together European parliamentarians and others representing Seventy-Nine (79) other ACP nations have discussed issues of international concern, including threats to stability, security and democracy in West Africa and the Sahel region, as well as the global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
"We are very concerned about the situation in West Africa and other sub-Saharan countries", Representative Gray told the audience, " He said because what affects our neighbors affects us directly". Representative Gray said the ACP-EU should also take a "definitive" position in speaking up against leaders who democratically extend their term in office.
The lawmaker reminded his colleagues about the numerous protocols and other agreements they have ratified that frowned on instability and coups, as he urged them to be "courageous" and not mince their words. He stressed that powerful nations, including those in the West, must be "clear and straight forward" in defending moral values.
"There should be no Invincible hands in encouraging any form of instability or coup d'etat in the Sub-saharan Africa".
Meanwhile, Rep Gray has strongly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, while calling on the Russian President Vladimir Putin to "withdraw his troops". He hailed the bravery and courage of the Ukrainian people who he said continue to "withstand the test of time". Narrating Liberia's own dreadful experience with war, Gray said it was traumatizing to see women and children fleeing in search of safety and bodies littering the streets. This is why, "we say no to war! Peace first and peace last".