The Analyst (Monrovia)

4 January 2013

Liberia: Govt Announces AFL Withdrawal From Borders

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia AFL have been repositioned at the military barracks where they were pulled months back to take up assignment in forest and villages along the Liberian-Ivory Coast borders.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said soldiers of the AFL that were on national duty along the border of Liberia and Ivory Coast as well as security personnel from the Liberia National Police and the Bureau of Immigration Nationalization have made significant achievements in providing security at the border.

Minister Lewis Brown said the governments of Liberia and that of Ivory Coast were confident of the high level of security improvement at the border and therefore decided to withdraw the national army from the borders.

The government through the Liberia National Police and the Bureau of Immigration, he said, were fully prepare to handle the level of security situation at the border between Liberia and Cote d'voire without any cause of Liberians worrying.

The Minister noted that though the government withdrawn the AFL from the forest and villages along the border with Ivory Coast, the government was keen in providing security to the state and its people without any form of compromise in serving the people of Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Liberian government has announced that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has finally sealed up its operations in the provision District of Foyah, Lofa County in Northern Liberia.

The disclosure that UNMIL contingent that has been providing peace keeping responsibilities to citizens of that district since the arrival of UNMIL in Liberia in 2003 was made at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia Thursday.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said UNMIL troop in Foyah District has sealed up plans of peace keeping in the district in response to the United Nations draw down plans in Liberia.

Information Minister Brown said though the UN Troop has completed operations within the District of Foyah and its surrounding, citizens of the district need not worry or live in fear as the government of Liberia through its security apparatus was prepare to response to any security threat in that area and the country.

He said though UNMIL military troop has pulled out of the District, UNMIL Police along with the security of Liberia presence will still be felt in the area as such, citizens of the District should live fear and panic free and go ahead with their duties.

According Minister Brown, government has already mandated the heads of various national security agencies, especially the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Nationalization (BIN) to be on the at light to response to any or would be threat to national security.

Besides, Minister Brown indicated furthered that the government has since began preparing for the challenges ahead should UNMIL complete it draw down process in the country.

The Liberian Information Minister used the opportunity top called on Liberians to remain law abiding and protect the peace that has been created through the support of the international community with UNMIL playing a major role in the process.

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