Dr. Tolbert said it is important to remind the government of Liberia, Liberians and well wishers to take into account the recent incidents in West Africa and eventually in Belgium which he says highlight linkages these countries share.
The Liberian Peace envoy stressed the need for member countries within the sub-region to put mechanisms in place such as networking, improving accurate assessment and mobilizing resources for the mutual benefit of all.
He said the terrorist attack in neighboring Cote D’Ivoire affects France, while the attack in the Belgium could affect the United States of America, adding that any situation that affects these countries would eventually have trickledown effect on Liberia.
Dr. Tolbert added that it is the time that these countries share information, reaffirm their commitment to implement plans and strategy in dealing with such incidents.
He mentioned that countries within the MRU basin need to develop policies that would help to enhance security sector reforms. Dr. Tolbert pleaded with the media to help deescalate the tension and not to escalate them by what they report.
He urged university students and other student bodies in the country to remain constructively engaged with the national democratic process as the country inches close to the 2017 elections that would lead to a smooth transition of power.
Also speaking at the event, United Nation Representative, Antonio Vigilante, said most youth would become violently active when there is no job for them to do.
He said, to minimize escalation of conflict or violence, it is important that the government takes employment of youth seriously.
Mr. Vigilante said if the government tackles the issue of human resource development and provide employment opportunities, as well as encourage youth participation, young people would believe in their future. That, he said will also help to reduce the level of violence.
The West African region had for the past months witnessed several violent and terrorist attacks, leaving several people dead and wounding several others.