Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo
Supt. Solo Urges Ivory Coast To Host JCEM
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU, April 15 (LINA) - Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo is concern about delays by the Ivorian government to host their part of the Joint Chiefs Council and Elders Meeting (JCEM) in line with a bilateral agreement signed last year.
In October 2013, a JCEM was convened in Grand Gedeh County and a similar meeting should have been held in the Ivory Coast last March to share information about the security situation at the borders of the two countries.
Under the agreement, the JCEM will be rotational and provide updates on security and other matters to serve as early warning and collaborative platform to prevent cross-border activities that could destabilize a neighbor.
He said although there has been no report of strange movements and hostility on the Grand Gedeh side of the border, people in the county want to know from their neighbors in the Ivory Coast what is obtaining on the other side.
Superintendent Solo was speaking when he briefed the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Liberia, Karin Landgren and party at his office in Zwedru on Monday, April 14.
He said the people of Grand Gedeh are concerned about delays on the part of the Ivorian Government to fulfill their part of the agreement, which was to host a reciprocal meeting in the Ivory Coast.
Mr. Solo said Ivory Coast should fast-track the agreement to ensure sustainable peace and pave the way for Ivorian refugees to return home and take part in the upcoming elections in their country.
He told Madam Landgren that notwithstanding the delays by the Ivorians, the palaver hut sessions are underway in Grand Gedeh County in towns and villages along the border to get the JCEM agreement fully understood and generate the support and cooperation of the citizens.
According to the Liberia News Agency, SRSG Langren said her mission to the county was to follow up on a number of issues, including present activities at the border after the first JCEM.
She was in the county to also meet with civil society organizations, the Liberia National Police and the Palace of Corrections to discuss what is to be done as UNMIL draws down according to plan.
Landgren, however, added that while discussions are ongoing at UN headquarters in New York on current developments in Liberia, efforts are underway to empower security forces to takeover complete control of the country’s border.
Madam Landgren disclosed that a number of interventions have been made in terms of empowerment to pave the way for the national security to work effectively when UNMIL leaves, adding that other UN missions will remain to help with reconstruction even after UNMIL’s departure.