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Liberia, Cote divoire agree on borders security

By Jos Garneo Cephas and Benjamin S. Taingay
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and President Alassane Quattara
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and President Alassane Quattara

(lbsonline/Liberia)The Presidents of Liberia and La Cote d’voire have signed a communiqué for the reactivation of a joint commission.

The joint commission is for the promotion of peace and security at the two countries’ borders. The communiqué comes as  as result of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s recent one day visit to Abidjan.

The Liberian leader’s one day visit to Abidjan was at the invitation of President Alassane Quattara Thursday, October 18, 2012.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said, “I want to reassure you that we will continue our surveillance, monitoring and intelligence gathering and will take whatever action necessary to ensure that peace and tranquility prevail between our two countries”.

She renewed her country’s support and solidarity to the government and people of Cote d’evoire in maintaining regional peace and security.

“The deployment of Liberian securities at the borders and the extradition of suspected Ivoirians mercenaries are practical steps taken by Liberia to demonstrate her commitment to good neighborliness”, President   Sirleaf said.

President Quattara  then praised President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Liberian people for the practical steps taken in the maintenance of peace and security along the Liberian-Ivorian borders.

“The actions taken by Liberia, in dealing with the border insecurity, have drastically contributed to efforts aimed at stabilizing post-conflict Cote d’evoire”, President Quattara said.

“My country would have never mitigated insurrection from dissidents without the actions taken by Liberia”, he said.

The two neighbors also agreed, in the communiqué, to share information on security, economic activities, culture, among others.

The two Mano River Union leaders’ agreement on the sharing of such information is part of their urgent security consultations to reactivate the Liberia-Ivoirian joint commission.

The commission was founded in 1978, prior to the 24 December 1990 eruption of the 14-year Liberian civil war.  Meanwhile, Presidents Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Alassane Quattara  in addition welcomed the Republic of Mali’s peace plan.

They considered deployment of peace-keeping troops to help restore sanity and democratic rule to the Malian people.

The decision to maintain peace in troubled Mali came about at the request of authorities of the West African nation.                                                           

 

 


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