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In Sierra Leone, National Dialogue Kick Starts Today
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May 6, 2009, 17:24
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A two-day national dialogue to address Sierra Leones socio-political situation will commence today, Wednesday 6th May 2009. It comes in the wake of recent violent political clashes in some parts of the country especially in Freetown, Pujehun and Kenema.

The Dialogue is organized by the civil society-Government interface body, ENCISS in support of the Government of Sierra Leone through the Office of the President, and will bring together 250 delegates, including Paramount Chiefs, Government ministers, representatives of departments and agencies, parliamentarians, the judiciary, councillors, political parties, civil society, security personnel, the media, the international community, private sector and other notable people, among them former heads of state.

The 2-day national consultative conference will discuss the consolidation of peace and promotion of nationhood in Sierra Leone and is being held at a time when Sierra Leone is facing challenges in consolidating peace and stability as it approaches its 50th independence anniversary.

"At such moments there is a clear need for all Sierra Leoneans to sit together and talk as one family about the challenges facing us as a nation and build consensus on promoting our mutual interests" says Sybil Bailor, the Executive Director of ENCISS.

"ENCISS is convening this conference for all Sierra Leoneans to reflect on their collective actions as a nation and make a choice between division and cohesion, between conflict and stability and between ethnicity and nationhood" she adds.

Some 250 delegates representing all shades of opinion across the country will take part in the dialogue at the Bank of Sierra Leone complex.


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