24 July 2007

Liberia: GOL Breaks Ground for Military Barracks

The Liberian government in partnership with the Chinese Government yesterday broke grounds for the construction of a new military barrack in Gbarnga, Bong County.

The new military barrack, will be called, "Camp Tubman Military Barracks."

Speaking at the ceremony, the out-going Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Lin Songtian, said the construction of the barrack is another friendly gesture and strong commitment of his government and army to develop the new type of strategic partnership between the two countries.

He said the move also demonstrates that the friendship and cooperation between the armed forces of China and Liberia has come into a new era.

Ambassador Songtian said the Ministry of Defense of China has decided to render assistance in the tune of 4 million United States Dollars to rebuild the new Camp Tubman Military Barracks for the next two years.

The Chinese envoy disclosed that he has been informed that a standard military camp would be built in the country later for 800 to 840 Liberian military personnel and their families.

For his part, the Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense of China, Major General Ma Zhangehang, said his government will continue to assist Liberia to the best it could and that the Chinese Armed Forces would cooperate and develop a manual relation with the Government of Liberia.

Also speaking, Defense Minister, J. Brownie Samukai, said the new barrack would comprise of housing facilities for the battalion, a clinic, a multi purpose auditorium, a play- ground and other facilities that would be designed.

He said the government is very thankful to the Chinese for the gesture and the people of Bong County for the availability of the site for the ministry to get the new barrack built.

For her part, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who broke grounds for the construction work of the new barrack said the occasion signals a significant relationship for the two countries that have grown and strengthened between the two countries and that the ceremony is one of many supports the Chinese government has provided for Liberia.

President Sirleaf added that the Chinese have provided support for the Liberian army relative to training and making available opportunities for Liberians to get training in China.

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