The Analyst (Monrovia)

5 December 2012

Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire Joint Security Recommended House Committee Chairman on National Security Says

Amidst looming fear of insecurity at the Liberian-Cote D' Ivoire borders, the Chairman of the House's Committee on National Security Representative Alfred G. Koiwood is recommending the establishment of a joint security operation, to comprise military personnel of Liberia and Cote D' Ivoire.

In an exclusive interview with this paper recently, Representative Koiwood said that the two nation's joint security team, when established, will improve border security and strengthen existing diplomatic ties.

The Gbarpolu district #1 Lawmaker disclosed that the recommendation has already been forwarded to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other Liberian security institutions for appropriate action(s).

He added that the issue was discussed between President Sirleaf and her Cote D' Ivoire counterpart.

"I can assure you that this will be implemented, because it will surely curb insecurity and bring civility at the borders of both countries," he said.

Representative Koiwood noted that the two nation's joint security operation will also expose any and all threats emanating from wherever.

I can be recalled in April this year, the National Security Council of Liberia (NSCL) resolved to deploy state security personnel in a joint operation at Liberia-Cote D' Ivoire borders so as to curb a cross border military insurgence which resulted to the loss of the lives of several United Nations (UN) peacekeepers serving in both countries.

Since the deployment of the militants, coupled with similar action by the Ivoirians, the border has experienced relative peace, and it expected that the proposed initiative is undertaken it will largely improve security at the border, according to Rep. Koiwood.

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