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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/ Jan.6, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has condemned terroristic attacks by insurgent groups in Nigeria, Kenya and Somali, respectively.

“We condemn in strong and uncertain terms, the atrocities being inflicted on our brothers and sisters in Nigeria by the Boko Haram,” President Sirleaf said.

She also noted: “The heinous crimes being perpetrated against Kenyans and Somali by Al-Shabab terrorists, including the wanton murder of African Union Peacekeepers, cannot go unnoticed.”

The Liberian Leader spoke January 5, 2015 when she host  a diner in honor of AU Chairman and Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, at a local hotel in Monrovia.

President Sirleaf described terrorism as the greatest threat to peace and security across the world, and called on the International Community to take necessary steps to eliminate it.

“It is imperative that the entire International Community wakes up to the scourge on human kind and take all appropriate steps to eradicate it”, she said.

The President, however, thanked the African Union under the leadership of President Aziz for its efforts in promoting peace in Africa by responding to arising problems appropriately.

The Liberian Chief Executive particularly lauded the Union for the speedy and effective handling of the situations in Burkina Faso, Mali, South Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In response, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz reassured Liberia and the sub-region of the AU’s support and called on the International Community to also continue its support.

Commenting on Ebola, President Sirleaf also used the occasion to acknowledge the support of the African Union and individual member states towards the fight against the virus in Liberia and the Sub region.

The AU’s support is being channeled through its subsidiary, the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West African, AUSEOWA, based in Liberia.

She said: “The Union has so far disbursed one million US dollars. Out of this amount, 150- thousand US Dollars was committed to each of the affected countries.

An additional 500 thousand US Dollars has been spent on the initial deployment of medical personnel and equipment.”

This gesture is the first of its kind on the part of the African Union, consistent with Article 6 of the Union Charter, regarding humanitarian action and disaster management.

 


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