Sirleaf extends condolences to I. Coast, Niger for deaths in raids
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has presented condolences to her Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara for the lost of civilian lives in the recent croos-border raids in the Ivory Coast.
Up to 10 civilians lost their lives in the attacks in Western Ivory Coast, where 7 UN peacekeeping soldiers from Niger were also ambushed in attacks said to be carried out by Ivorian dissidents coming out of neighbouring Liberia.
The Liberian leader presented her condolences to Ouattara at the weekend during the summit of the Mano River Union (MRU) held in the Guinean capital, Conakry, where Sirleaf also extended condolences to her counterpart from Niger.
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The Liberian President currently chairs the MRU.
MRU is a 4-member sub-regional bloc comprising Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast.
Liberia initially denied the attackers came from its territory. But last week, the Sirleaf government in Monrovia declared the head of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo’s Young Patriots Charles Ble Goude and nine others wanted. A government statement urged the 10 men, who also includes a former Liberian rebel commander Ofori Diah, to hand themselves in.
The weekend’s Conakry meeting focused on the security situation across the borders of the four MRU nations and the leaders agreed to implement joint border operations to prevent future cross-border raids.
WADR’s Conakry Correspondent says the four MRU heads of state also discussed economic and other developmental issues within the MRU Basin.