Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
Liberian VP Renews Call For Regional Alliance Against Terrorism
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, August 10 (LINA) - Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has assured the Government and people of La Cote d’Ivoire that Liberia remains firm in its support for regional and international alliances in dealing with terrorism, as both countries bolster cross-border surveillance cooperation.
“We are satisfied that relations between our two countries have over many years transcended the temptation of sheer government to-government interactions to a broad-based people-centered one,” VP Boakai said.
Speaking at a program marking the 56th Independence Anniversary of La Cote d’Ivoire in Monrovia on Tuesday, he said as the country celebrates its national day, the Liberian Government recognizes the courage and resilience of its in the face of the terrorist attack at the Etoile du Sud Hotel in the coastal resort of Grand Bassam, which claimed several lives and left many others injured.
Recounting the relationship between the two countries, VP Boakai noted that since Cote d’Ivoire gained its independence, successive heads of state of Liberia and that country have “enjoyed cordial personal ties reflective of our shared values, common ethnicity and traditions.
“Although we both experienced the devastating effects of internal conflicts and civil disturbances, we are now pursuing the path of peace through democratic governance, genuine reconciliation, reconstruction and respect for the rule of law,” he emphasized.
According to Vice President Bokai, the governments of both countries continue to have shared perspectives on sub-regional and regional issues, as well as on matters of global concern.
He then assured Cote d’Ivoire of Liberia’s commitment to their shared goals of increasing these excellent relations for the mutual benefit of their respective governments and peoples, especially now that they have made major progress in stabilizing security along their common borders, through the establishment of a Joint Council of Customary Chiefs and Elders (CCCA).
The formation of the Joint Council enables residents from both sides of the border to discuss the problems of refugees, security, reconciliation, social cohesion and peace in their bordering communities.
The Joint Council has also established the necessary modalities that allow for security exchanges among key stakeholders, including the UNMIL and Cote d’Ivoire on the one hand, and the chiefs and elders on the other.
Vice President Boakai lauded the traditional leaders of both countries for their role in the establishment of the reconciliation and confidence-building process along their common borders.
“We can boast of improved relationships among the chiefs and elders and will
endeavor to sustain the dialogue platform aimed at addressing matters of peace, security and reconciliation,” the Liberian VP noted.