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Cote D’Ivoire border reopening pleases Liberia

Benjamin S. Taingay/James Paykoo
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MONROVIA, LIBERIA:-The Liberian Government has expressed satisfaction over news that Cote d’Ivoire has agreed to reopen its land border with Liberia.

The border had been closed since April 2014, because of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.

Vice President (VP), Joseph Boakai, made the statement Tuesday on behalf of the Government at ceremony marking Cote D’Ivoire’s 56th Independence Day held at its Embassy near Monrovia.

According to VP Boakai, the Ivorian Government’s decision will enhance cross border trade.

Vice President Boakai said: “The reopening of the border between the two countries will also ensure the full implementation of the Cote D’Ivoire Reservoir –Liberia Quadripartite Agreement.”

He also noted that the turnover of security responsibility to the Liberian Government by the UN Mission in Liberia confirms the level of progress the country has made after 14 years of civil war.

The Liberian Vice President then observed: “The people of Liberia can boast of a nation of genuine tranquility, democracy and freedom.”

At the same time, VP Boakai is urging Liberia and Cote D’Ivoire to amicably work together to establish a common maritime boundary between the two Mano River Union countries.

He is proposing the boundary establishment through a Joint Technical Committee to work in conformity with the technical guidelines and specifications of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

“The initiative will lay the framework for mutual exchanges beneficial to both countries,” VP Boakai said.

The Vice President assured the Government and people of Cote D’Ivoire of Liberia’s support to ongoing discussions to review and implement a Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries since 1978.

The Agreement is aimed at developing the Tiboto Hydroelectric Dam.

“The project will address the need for energy to facilitate manufacturing and industry establishments in Liberia and Cote D’Ivoire,” the Vice President said.


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