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WANEP and partners call for dialogue and negotiated settlement

March 30, 2015 By Regina Pratt

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and partners have called for dialogue and negotiated settlement in the current political tension in the country.

In a press release issued on 25 March, the group stated, “We therefore express our unreserved stance in calling for dialogue that will culminate into a negotiated settlement that will further provide a win-win solution for all parties, and the use of alternative dispute resolution is an option and without prejudice to the on-going judicial trial.”

The release further stated that WANEP, the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College, and Inter-Religious Council are monitoring the on-going constitutional crisis and related political dispute in the country.

“WANEP and its partners note the growing tension over the sacking and appointment of holders of office of the Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and its related effects on our hard won fragile peace at a time when the country is economically and socially devastated by the EVD that has led to the deaths of over 3,000 Sierra Leoneans,” the release stated.

The release also called on Sierra Leoneans to espouse peace and eschew violence as the country has earned itself an enviable reputation for peace globally.

“We therefore take this opportunity to remind all Sierra Leoneans that we are being heralded globally as one of the most peaceful post-conflict countries in the world, proud recipient of the enviable African Peace Award (ACCORD 2010) and a beacon of UN peacebuilding success story, as we call on all well-meaning compatriots to exercise patience and calm and observe due processes and rule of law.”

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