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Liberia Envoy, Sierra Leone Discuss Border Patrols

UN's Liberia Envoy, Sierra Leonean Authorities Discuss Joint Border Patrols

New York, Aug 9 2006 10:00AM

The senior United Nations envoy to Liberia and officials from Sierra Leone have discussed ways to enhance individual and joint security operations and patrols along the border between the two countries.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, Alan Doss, and the country’s Minister of Defence, Brownie Samukai, were among those attending the meeting with Sierra Leonean authorities on the Mano River Union Bridge.

While recognizing that that the current security situation has allowed increased trade between the two countries, Mr. Doss cautioned that both the Liberian and Sierra Leonean Governments must continue to be vigilant and ensure that no illegal movement of civilians and weapons takes place.

The joint operation, he said, was “a good example of working together to ensure that the safety and security of the citizens and Government of Liberia are maintained.”

The delegation also visited the camp currently being built by Pakistani military engineers in the Guthrie plantation. The camp will include facilities to house the Liberian National Police and a Formed Police Unit of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

The Security Council established UNMIL in 2003 to support the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace process; protect UN staff, facilities and civilians; support humanitarian and human rights activities; and assist in national security reform, including national police training and formation of a new, restructured military.

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