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AU Discussing Relocating Liaison Office To Abidjan
MONROVIA, September 2 (LINA) - The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council is holding discussions on Liberia’s request to reconsider the decision to transfer the AU Liaison Office in Monrovia to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
The discussions are informed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s request to the AU Chairperson on the issue.
“I’m hoping that pretty soon we will get some information in that regard,” said the Head of Mission at the AU Liaison Office in Liberia, Mr. Prosper N. N. Addo.
During a courtesy visit, Mr. Addo thanked Minister Kamara for the audience, the first since she became Liberia’s Foreign Minister, and commended her for the splendid work done so far.
He also, through Foreign Minister Kamara, congratulated President Sirleaf on her election as Chairperson of ECOWAS, according to a Foreign Ministry release.
Earlier this year, the AU gave notification of the Commission's decision to relocate its Liaison Office from Monrovia to Abidjan. The decision, the Commission stated, was necessitated by the fact that donors supporting the AU Commission have complained about lack of finances which has affected their overall contribution to the Commission.
As such, the need has arisen for the adoption of austerity measures at the AU Commission.
However, Mr. Addo noted the importance of an AU presence in Liberia, particularly at this critical time; but more to that is the solidarity and support needed for the peace and stability of the country.
“We remain committed to the objective and hope that something good will come out of this decision,” he said.
Addo noted that whether AU continues to remain here or the office is transferred to Abidjan, the presence of AU is still assured and there will be an engagement to ensure that the consolidation of the peace in Liberia is guaranteed.
“It is critical because as Liberia gears up for elections, the AU presence is critical; and going forward, Liberia is able to move on its own,” he said.
Responding, Foreign Minister Kamara thanked Mr. Addo for all of AU support to Liberia, especially during the Ebola crisis in Liberia.
She hoped that until a decision is reached, they will continue to collaborate and undertake those projects that they are currently engaged with.