10 January 2013

Liberia: AFL Soldiers Withdrawn From Border

Officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) deployed along the Liberian border with Ivory Coast have begun pulling out of the area.

The AFL soldiers were deployed along the borderlines including the Beyea border in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County following heavy fighting between the Ivorian Government and rebels at the Perkin Military Barracks close to the Liberian side.

The deployment also followed widespread speculations that Ivorian rebels and Liberian mercenaries were crossing the borders to create instability in Ivory Coast.

But the Liberian government as part of its proactive security strategies restores calm immediately by deploying military personnel to complement the efforts of the Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police.

In his first meeting with the new Force Commander of the UN Mission in Liberia Major General Leonard Ngondi, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai said the borderlines were now secured.

Minister Samukai disclosed that the security exercise between Liberia and Cote d'voire along the Cavalla River ended on January 3, 2013 and the Liberian army has begun to withdraw from the region.

Minister Samukai said the withdrawal of the soldiers will run up to the 13th of January.

He said while the AFL is moving back from the borders, other security forces including the Police armed ERU and Immigration Officers are still deployed to solidify peace and stability in the region.

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