Liberia-Ivory Coast Border To Be Reopened Soon – Ivorian Envoy Discloses

By Abraham S. Sollie./GNN Reporter

Ivorian Ambassador, Dr. Feni Kouakou
Ivorian Ambassador, Dr. Feni Kouakou

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire accredited to Liberia has disclosed that plans are underway for reopening of the Liberian-Ivorian border.

According to the Ivorian Ambassador, Dr. Feni Kouakou, his government of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire is making all necessary arrangements for the reopening of the border between the two countries.

Amb. Kouakou made the disclosure Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Monrovia at program marking the 56th Independence Day Celebration of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire.

“The celebration of the National Day of Cote D’Ivoire is for me the opportunity to provide you with some information on my country on one hand and on the other to review the major axis of the Ivorian-Liberian Cooperation,” he said.

He lauded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Government and people of Liberia for the far sightedness, the sense of sharing and solidarity for the dynamism of the countries’ cooperation in all areas.

Amb. Kouakou stated that the notable and legitimate ambition of the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara is everyday seen in his government’s actions through convincing results on the political, security, judicial, economic and social plans for the country.

“The concerted action of our countries with support from the UNHCR (Cote D’Ivoire-Liberia-UNHCR) led to the signing of the Tripartite Agreement in June 2013 for the voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees. Today, with peace, stability and growth in Cote D’Ivoire, only 20,000 Ivorian refugees are currently on the Liberian soil that I am inviting insistently to return to Cote D’Ivoire in order to benefit from the numerous  insertion programs in the socio-economic make-up,” added the Ivorian envoy.

The Ivorian Ambassador and Plenipotentiary accredited near Monrovia divulged that the vitality of the Ivorian-Liberian cooperation is also been seen in the area of security adding: “your country played a very important role in the implementation of the Quadripartite Agreement (Cote D’Ivoire-Liberia-ONUCI-UNMIL) which led to securing our common border.”

“Your government took an active part in the creation of the Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders (JCCEM) living along our common border. That original framework dispute settlement among brotherly people is a unique chance that need to be experimented in the sub region,” Amb. Kouakou noted.

He furthered that President Ouattara, after many consultations with every sector of the Ivorian population, has proposed the writing of new constitution to replace the previous one he said was the source of divisions and conflicts in the country.

He further disclosed that the laws  of his country’s justice system which he said were almost inexistent during Ivorian crisis have been restructured and reinforced and that effort are being taken by the government to make them more effective and efficient.

Amb. Kouakou accentuated that almost all of those involved in the recent Grand Bassa County attack have been arrested.

 He among other things said: “I would like to convey to you the supported homage of the President of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, Mr. Alssane Ouattara, as well as the gratitude of the Ivorian Government and people for your untiring efforts to Cote D’Ivoire. Today, the economic domain remains a challenge in our cooperation.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.