By Melissa Chea-Annan
A big meeting to sustain the peace between the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire and Liberia is expected to take place next month in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
The Peace Meeting that will bring together chiefs and elders from the two countries is intended to buttress efforts by the joint militaries of Cote D’Ivoire and Liberia in strengthening ties and ensuring security for the citizens and peoples of those countries.
The information was disclosed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Ngafuan and the Ambassador of Cote D’Ivoire, Kapieletien Soro recently in remarks they made at the joint security meeting in Monrovia.
Foreign Minister Ngafuan explained that in the past, the Ministers of Justice, Defense and Foreign Affairs of the two countries held series of meetings to design measures that would prevent chaos amongst the people and to protect their borders from unfortunate situations.
Minister Ngafuan described the meetings which rotated in the two countries as successful since they yielded fruitful results.
He also commended all parties that worked tirelessly in a mature manner in ensuring peace between the two countries.
Ambassador Soro expressed hope that the meeting of Chiefs and Elders would also yield fruitful results for both countries. He explained that the meeting would adopt plans that would strengthen ties between the two countries.
In another development, the joint militaries of Cote D’Ivoire and Liberia will commence the second phase of its ‘Operation Restore Hope’ where the officers would carry out its foot patrol around the borders.
The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Public Affairs Director, Dessaline Felix Allison said the decision to continue this operation was reached at the end of a two-day quadripartite meeting which took place at the Ministry of National Defense last week.
According to him the ten-day foot patrol operation, which begins 1 November through 10 November, 2013, is intended to protect the borders, and not to react to immediate threats as presumed by people in various communities.
Officer Allison said the operation will be in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in the two countries and that the third phase will begin from January 1through 10, 2014. He said apart from the soldiers, the operation will also include officers from the Immigration and Police.
The first phase of the operation was in December 2012 continuation of the operation which started in December last year, with a focus to further improve the working relations and sustain the peace between the two countries.