By Morrison O.G. Sayon
The Government of Liberia has announced the immediate withdrawal of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) from the Liberia/Ivorian border.
Addressing the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Information Minister, Lewis Brown disclosed that the withdrawal of the Armed Forces of Liberia is purely based on an improved security along the Liberian-Ivorian border.
Minister Brown however added that there will be regular patrol of the border by Liberian police and Immigration officers assigned along the border. He said the AFL mission was a successful one at the border and are returning from the border to prepare for the Mali mission.
The withdrawal of the AFL according Liberia’s Information boss Brown is also a result of the just ended Quadripartite Meeting held in Monrovia recently. He said Liberia will maintain security on its side of the border and at the same time a joint activity by elders and leaders at the border areas will be conducted.
Brown among other things said the government will reinforce the police and BIN officers at the border to carry out regular patrol along the border with the support of UNMIL based in Sanniquelle, Nimba County.
Recently, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a Quadripartite Meeting in Monrovia involving the Governments of Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire, the United Nations Mission In Liberia (UNMIL) and the United Nations Operations In Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI).
The Quadripartite Meeting which brought together high level official from Liberia, La Cote d’Ivoire, UNMIL and UNOCI took stock of the progress made on the security and humanitarian situations thus far, and reviewed achievements on the confidence building measures along the borders between the two sisterly Republics as well as agreeing on a way forward to further enhance peace, security and humanitarian efforts and strengthen the confidence-building measures amongst communities in the border areas.