Condoleezza Rice With Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Meeting with Liberian President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
December 16, 2005
I congratulate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on her election and look forward to working closely with her as she assumes office next month. The people of Liberia in a free and fair election have made an historic choice and the United States will continue to support Liberian efforts to build a just, democratic, and prosperous country.
President-elect Johnson-Sirleaf's pledge to promote accountability and transparency will ensure that the country's resources will be successfully invested to secure its future. The culture of impunity must end now. The United States reaffirms its commitment to rebuild the security sector, implement the Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program, and promote U.S. investment to create jobs for Liberia's youth.
The United States will work with all Liberians and urge them to work together to build a peaceful future. Toward that end, it is imperative that all factions accept the election results, avoid inciting violence, and come together for national reconciliation. I call on George Weah and his supporters to peacefully pursue their concerns through the courts. We applaud the Liberian people for their commitment to Liberian democracy.
Released on December 16, 2005