A high powered Government of Liberia delegation headed by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, is in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire to attend the 3rd Quadripartite Meeting between the Governments of Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI).
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the 3rd Quadripartite Meeting is focused on the thematic areas of Justice and Security; Peace and Reconciliation; Humanitarian, Political and Diplomatic issues. The release further indicated that the meeting is taking stock of progress made on security, humanitarian, and peace-building measures as agreed in the Communiqué of its 2nd sitting in Monrovia on April 5, 2013. It is also seeking to strengthen mechanisms for information sharing and confidence building among communities along the border.
The Quadripartite meeting arrangement was organized to address security concerns along the Liberian-Ivorian border following a June 8, 2012 attack, which claimed the lives of 7 Military Officers of UNOCI, 1 Ivorian Military Officer and 10 Ivorian civilians.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations, Karin Landgren is representing the United Nations Mission In Liberia (UNMIL).
Other members of the Liberian Government delegation attending the 3rd Quadripartite Meeting include Morris M. Dukuly, Minister of Internal Affairs, Edward McClain-Minister of State, Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Jr. National Security Advisor, Saint Jerome Larbelee, Deputy Minister of Defense for Operations, Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, Deputy Minister of Justice for Administration,. Abla Williams, Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission, as well as Robert Budy, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration. Others are Abraham Kromah, Deputy Director of Police for Operations, as well as representatives of other government intuitions.