14 September 2012

Liberia-Ivorian Border Partially Reopened

Photo: Human Rights Watch
Ivorian soldiers long the Border.

In a major move last month to curb cross-border feuds at the Liberian-Ivorian border and reduce the then heightening suspicion that Liberia got a hand in the internal military squabble in Ivory Coast, the Government of Liberia closed its borders with the neighboring country. The move, however widely welcomed on both sides, impeded border commerce and left the socioeconomic welfare of communities nearly unbearable. As the Ivorian domestic belligerence gradually recedes, the Government of Liberia has reportedly opened the borders to relief thousands of border residents.

The Government of Liberia through the Joint Security has decided to partially reopen the border between Liberia from the side with Maryland County and La Cote D'Ivoire. This corridor will be opened from 8am to 4pm. The decision is intended to reduce hardship on business people and bring relief to the citizens in the area who are adversely affected by the poor road condition leading from Monrovia to Harper.

The decision also means the security officers at the border will allow limited flow of traffic with essential commodities such as food, medicine, fuel and building materials. The officers will be instructed on the number of fleet movement per day, as each vehicle will be thoroughly searched before being allowed to cross into Liberian territory.

Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia and the Government of La Cote D'Ivoire will continue to monitor the situation at the border with a view to fully reopen it as soon as the security situation there improves.

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