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The Institute for Research and Democratic Development or IREDD has launched a cross-border training workshop for Liberian security officers along the borders with neighboring Ivory Coast. IRRED says the training is intended to enhance the capacity of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and officers assigned at the borders.

Speaking to UNMIL Radio “Coffee Break” Wednesday, 21 September IRRED Executive Director Harold Aidoo said the institution has embarked on community peace building along the borders, adding that in the past 17 months, IRRED has been to five counties situated along the borders to settle disputes and tensions.

Mr. Aidoo noted the training is also meant to straighten mutual collaboration between the two countries, and promote peace and security in the entire West Africa, saying “We understand that without these trainings, there will always be tension coming from one of these sides, and we at IREDD in an efforts to buttress government’s efforts thought it wise to conduct such training in order for border guards to be well equipped.”

“If you remember few months ago, the Governments of Liberia, and Ivory Coast met in Ivory Coast where there were lots of discussions concerning the issues of cross borders safety, among others. In this regard, we thought to compliment the government’s efforts by undertaking this initiative in order to promote peace”, he told UNMIL Radio.

He said IRRED invited local officials of three towns inside Liberia, particularly from Grand Gedeh County, and their counterparts from Ivory Coast, including security officers to participate in the training.

The exercise is being carried out in collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to make sure various communities along the borders are free from violence or attacks, the Executive Directed said.

According to him, the initiative started few years ago but has been reinforced over the months because of the UNMIL’s drawdown, noting they are also working with communities in Sinoe County thru a program for women empowerment.

By Lewis S. Teh

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