Presiding bishop writes to President Bush on crisis in Liberia

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July 23, 2003


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Presiding bishop writes to President Bush on crisis in Liberia


The Honorable George W. Bush

The White House

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The urgency of the deteriorating situation in Liberia causes me once again to write you on this crisis and ask that the United States take the lead in intervening in that troubled land. The ongoing crisis in Liberia will seriously challenge the stability of West Africa and add to an even greater humanitarian crisis as thousands of people are forcibly displaced. While recognizing that there are many demands upon our nation in these difficult days, Liberia cries out for assistance both because of the conditions and our historic connections there. The Episcopal Church also has historic ties and maintains a covenant relationship with our Church there today.

I strongly urge the United States, with other nations, to act immediately to deploy peace keeping forces to end the hostilities and achieve a cease-fire. Only then can an orderly transition be made from the current chaos to a legitimate and stable government. Current conditions make it almost impossible for government and non-government organizations to provide necessary humanitarian aid or to plan, much less begin, much-needed reconstruction. The long-term stability not only of Liberia, but of the region, can only come about with the leadership of the United States.

As always, Mr. President, this letter comes with my prayers for you in these very difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

The Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church, USA

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