The Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat has appealed to the Government of Ivory Coast to re-open its borders with Liberia and Guinea to foster integration among citizens of the sub-region.
According to MRU Deputy Secretary General Linda Koroma , the continued closure of the Ivorian borders is hampering free movement and integration of people in the MRU basin, especially border communities.
Koroma made the Appeal Thursday at the end of two-day MRU sub-regional meeting to discuss the performance of the Ebola Crisis project with delegates from affected countries and Ivory Coast held in Monrovia.
The MRU is an economic bloc of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.
According to Koroma, the closure of the Ivorian borders is undermining one of the mandates of the MRU which is to strengthen the integration of citizens of the union through trade and collaboration to ensure peace and stability in the sub-region.
She stressed that the MRU has established joint border units along the borders of the four countries around border towns to enhance peace and security, noting that closing the borders will affect the operation of the units.
Koroma emphasized that the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have been able to put all necessary health measures in place at border points to cross-examine people travelling through their borders.