14 February 2013

Liberia: Book of Condolence Opens for Fallen Guineans

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed a book of condolence for eleven Guinean military officials who died in a terrible plane crash Monday.

The Liberian leader headed an array of senior government officials, including Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuah, Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson, Post and Telecommunications Minister Frederick Norkeh, amongst others.

"It is a very sad day for both Liberian and Guinea," the President emotionally told journalists at the Guinean Embassy Monday.

A high power military delegation from Guinean led by Army Chief General Souleymane Kelefa Daillo, along with ten other Guinean army personnel, died in a horrible plane crash in Charlesville while attempting to land at the Roberts International Airport.

The Guinean soldiers were heading for Liberia's 56th Armed Forces Day celebrations when they met their demise.

In sympathy with her Guinean counterpart, President also declared Tuesday, February 12 as a National Working Holiday that was observed throughout Liberia.

In Guinean itself, President Alpha Conde has also declared three days of national mourning for the loss of the soldiers.

"This man was just coming to celebrate with his people after years of serving with ECOMOG in Liberia, said Col. Alseny Patcho Bangoura, a senior Guinean military personnel assigned at the Presidential Palace in Conakry.

Copyright © 2013 New Democrat. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.