The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: District# 9 Residents Pay Tribute to Guinea

Montserrado County District #9 has paid tribute to the six Guinean soldiers, including army Chief of Staff Gen. Souleyman Kelefa Diallo, who lost their lives in a plane crash near the Roberts International Airport on February 11, 2013, while coming to celebrate with Liberia on her 56th Armed Forces Day.

Gen. Souleyman Kelefa Diallo and 10 other persons, including crew members died in the crash when the aircraft (3XGGG-Cassa 235) bringing them to Monrovia suddenly lost contact with the Air Control Tower at the RIA and forcibly landed at an adjacent town Charlesville, exploding into flames.

Residents of District #9 through their Representative Munah E. Pelham, expressed regret for the crash, noting that the Guinean Embassy here is located in the district hence, anything that affects Guinea also affects them because Guinean diplomats at the embassy are their neighbors.

Hundreds of residents of District #9 wore black and paraded through the streets of Sinkor to the Guinean Embassy where they sympathized with embassy staff and aggrieved Guineans Representative Munah E. Pelham, signing the book of condolence inside the Guinean Embassy, said the soldiers' death is a big lost to the district.

She described herself as a representative of the soldiers because her district hosts the embassy. The female lawmaker expressed condolence to the government and peace-loving people of Guinea for the lost.

"We are very much sorry; [I] and my people in the district are sad as well, though a national holiday was declared by our President to sympathize you people, we thought it is wise that we in a special way say sorry to you for the death of your kinsmen, who were on their way to our country for our Armed Forces Day celebration."

"As you can see, we are all in black to mourn our people who died." Representative Pelham then deposited a wreath on behalf of the district. The Guinean Embassy welcomed the solidarity expressed by the District#9 lawmaker and her people.

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