The Government of Liberia is deeply concerned over an incident where some men believed to be Liberians launched an armed attack on a military barrack in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. Passports and other documents purportedly belonging to the assailants which depict Liberian nationality were put on display by Ivorian authorities.
According to a press release signed by the Minister of Information, Ledgerhood Julius Rennie, noted that the Liberian government strongly condemns any act which disrupts the peace of its neighbors and the region as a whole.
The government reiterates its commitment to ensuring that no inch of its territory is used as a launchpad for insurrection.
The government has initiated contacts with its Ivorian counterpart in order to determine the full extent of the reported incident. Additionally, both governments have committed to strengthening the joint border surveillance mechanism.
The administration of President George M. Weah has worked tirelessly to build on the sisterly relationship the country has with the Cote d’ Ivoire, including the President’s personal connections with Ivorian leaders.
The Liberian government recognizes that conflict in any of the Mano River Union countries doesn’t serve the best interest of Liberia.
President Weah has therefore announced his intention to shortly dispatch a delegation to Cote d’Ivoire to meet with the Ivorian authorities.