Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has assured Cote d’Ivoire that Liberia will remain unwavering in her call for regional and international collaboration to fight terrorism, as its strengthens ongoing cross border surveillance cooperation.
Vice President Boakai said the Government of Liberia remains committed to its shared goals of augmenting these excellent relations for the mutual benefit of peoples of the two countries, especially now that Liberia has made significant progress in stabilizing security along its common border.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 56th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, V.P. Boakai acknowledged the great courage and resilience of the Ivorian people in the face of the senseless terrorist attack at the Etoile du Sud Hotel in the coastal resort of Grand Bassam early this year, which claimed several lives and left many others injured.
He re-echoed Liberia’s deepest condolences to the people of Cote d’Ivoire; particularly families of the victims.
Both countries are pursuing this within the framework of the Joint Council of Customary Chiefs and Elders (CCCA) an effective vehicle for strengthening cooperation.
Mr. Boakai noted that this framework will enable residents from both sides of the borders to discuss the problems of refugees, security, reconciliation, social cohesion and peace in their bordering communities.
He said the effort has established the necessary modalities that allow for security exchanges among key stakeholders, including the United Nations Missions in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire on the one hand, and chiefs and elders on the other.
“Despite that painful event, the people of Cote d’Ivoire have resolved to remain united and have gained renewed strength to continue to build a vibrant nation that stands out in global trade and commerce. We are satisfied that relations between our two countries have over many years transcended the temptation of sheer government to government interactions to a broad-based people centered one’’.
He said since Cote d’Ivoire’s independence, successive heads of state of the two countries have enjoyed very cordial personal relationship reflective of their shared values, common ethnicity and traditions, adding ‘’Although we both experienced the devastating effects of internecine conflicts and civil disturbances, we are now pursuing the path of peace through democratic governance, genuine reconciliation, reconstruction and respect for the rule of law. As evidence of our strengthening ties, we continue to have shared perspectives on sub-regional and regional issues, as well as on matters of global concern.’’
The Liberian Vice President also assured Cote d’Ivoire of Liberia’s fullest support for ongoing discussions to review and implement a Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries since 1978 to develop the Tiboto hydroelectric dam. This project will contribute to addressing one of the most important development enabler, “energy”, to facilitate manufacturing and the establishment of industries. Speech