25 January 2013

Liberia: Sen. Jallah Supports Plan to Deploy Soldiers in Mali

Gbarpolu County Legislative Caucus Chair Senator Armah Jallah has expressed support for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's request for legislative approval to deploy a contingent of the Armed Forces of Liberia on peace mission in Mail. He called for appropriate budgetary support from the legislature to have the soldiers deployed.

According to a press release issued in Monrovia last evening, Senator Jallah is however, seeking clarification on the legal jurisdictions under which alleged breaches of law in Mali could be prosecution under the current military mission.

"The government should take into account the status of forces agreement and this cardinal factor we as government should take into consideration", he added.

The Senator stressed that Liberia's participation in the peace mission in Mali would be in fulfillment of the country's international treaty obligations in the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) or the African Union as well as a matter reciprocity.

He recommended for the conduct of appropriate workshop for the soldiers prior to their deployment, saying "The workshop will provide education on the Geneva Convention and its additional protocols so [that they can] be cognizant of their obligations under said conventions."

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