Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General (SRSG) to Liberia, Karin Landgren
UNMIL Landgren Stresses Commitment To Ebola Challenges
MONROVIA, March 16 (LINA) -The Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General (SRSG) to Liberia, Karin Landgren, has reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to working alongside the Liberian and Ivorian Governments to address the challenges of Ebola.
At the Third Quadripartite Meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast recently, Landgren said the commitment of the UN will also focus on other security and health related issues in the border areas of both countries.
Ms. Landgren further acknowledged the efforts of the Governments of Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia to facilitate the voluntary return of Ivorian refugees from Liberia back home.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry release, the meeting also reaffirmed the importance of the support of the UN missions to the security institutions of both countries in conducting joint security operations in the border regions.
Meanwhile, the Ministry release has disclosed that the Third Quadripartite Meeting held in the Ivory Coast has also agreed to hold the Sixth Edition of the Liberia-Ivory Coast Joint Commission Meeting for Bilateral Cooperation in April 2015.
On the humanitarian front, the Parties lauded the resumption of the Tripartite Commission meeting which took place on March 12-13, 2015 in Abidjan.
The Tripartite Commission is currently meeting to discuss issues concerning the voluntary return of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, the institution of control mechanisms to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus across the borders, amongst others.
The Ivorian Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Charles Kofi Diby, in his opening remarks, welcomed the Liberian delegation to Cote d’Ivoire, and saluted efforts of the Liberia Government in the fight against the Ebola virus.
He reaffirmed his government’s support and solidarity with the Government and people of Liberia in the fight against the Ebola disease.
Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan recalled the success of the first and second editions of the Quadripartite meeting held in 2012 and 2013 in Abidjan and Monrovia respectively, and the Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders’ meetings held in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County in 2013.
Foreign Minister Ngafuan led the Liberian delegation that included Morris Dukuly, Minister of Internal Affairs, Dr. Henry B. Fahnbulleh, National Security Advisor, Saint Jerome Larbelee, Deputy Minister of Defense for Operations and other senior representatives of other government intuitions.