Speaker Chambers warns diplomats
By Lincoln G. Peters
House Speaker Bhofal Chambers has warned members of the diplomatic corps to be very careful of how they speak in Liberia, calling for adherence to straight diplomatic etiquette.
During the first edition of a dialogue hosted near Monrovia by the People’s Republic of China Thursday, 15 December 2022 to consolidate peace, stability and development in Liberian, Chambers warned diplomats to follow international and diplomatic etiquette.
“And to my diplomatic friends, I will say that to you, that there is a culture of diplomacy. There must be an adherence to straight diplomatic etiquette,” Chambers said during the dialogue at the Chinese Embassy.
“What a Nigerian ambassador can’t say in Europe, or in the Americas, that should not be said in any part of Africa,” Chambers said.
The House Speaker said ‘when we’ talk about the consolidation of peace, stability and development, everyone should be reminded of the simple humanity.
“Diplomacy is special and there must be back channel. Speak to people with civility and mutual respect,’’ Chamber continued.
The dialogue hosted by China was launched jointly by the German Embassy in Liberia and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in October. It aims to consolidate peace, stability and cooperation in Liberia and Africa.
The program was organized under the theme “Strengthened Development Cooperation for Sustainable Result.’’
It was graced by several members of the diplomatic corps including United States Ambassador to Liberia Michael A. McCarthy, Dr. Jakob Haselhuber, German Ambassador to Liberia and other African diplomats from Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa.
Addressing the gathering, Chambers noted that it’s good to talk about peace today not for Liberia alone, but globally.
He suggested that there is something simple that bind everyone together.
The House Speaker said human beings must respect each other, no matter where they come from and who a person is.
“We all need respect no matter how small we are, because we are of the creation of God,” said Speaker Chambers.
According to Chambers, peace is needed, but to undermine it only needs a little spark to do so.
“We embrace everything. Criticizing is what makes anyone become more effective, but in doing so, we must be able to save faces,” he said.