Liberians are oppose to any military action to force embattled President Laurent Gbagbo out of office. According to BBC Focus on Africa correspondent in Monrovia, Johnathan Pailele, opinions sampled from Liberians are unanimous, opposing to any military action i n the crisis in the Ivory Coast.
According to Johnathan Pailele, Liberians say they are opposed to military intervention stemming from the lessons experienced from ECOMOG intervention in their country. Liberians say the ECOMOG intervention saw the soldiers engaged in human rights violations with impunity and the looting of the country.
They say peaceful resolution should be pursued to bring the Ivory Coast to an amicable resolution and fear military intervention country in the crisis could threaten the safety of Liberians living in the Ivory Coast.
Liberia has a large community in the Ivory Coast brought about as the result of the 14 year civil war launched through Ivory Coast on Christmas eve 1989 by Charles Taylor and his financiers.
The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf confirmed that Liberian mercenaries are fighting alongside with the rebel forces if military intervention is used since it is said Liberian mercenaries are fighting along with the Ivory Coast with the Laurent Gbagbo’s government, such public confirmation would put the safety of Liberians in jeopardy, fearing their countrymen could face reprisal.