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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 15, 2005


Meeting with Liberian President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice greeting Liberian President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on December 15, 2005 [State Department Photo]Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Liberian President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf today, December 15, to discuss the historic opportunity that the people of Liberia have to build a just, democratic, and prosperous new Liberia.

Secretary Rice congratulated President-elect Johnson-Sirleaf on her election and looks forward to working closely with her when she assumes office next month. The United States urges all Liberians to work together to build a peaceful new Liberia. All factions should avoid incitement of or recourse to violence. We would expect that in the interests of national reconciliation, the incoming government will address the legitimate concerns and aspirations of all Liberians, especially those who have historically been disenfranchised.

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Released on December 15, 2005

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