Mano River Leaders Meet in Gueckedou - President Sirleaf Chairs

Monday, 16th July 2007
President Sirleaf and the outgoing Irish Ambassador  Liam Canniffe at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf and the outgoing Irish Ambassador Liam Canniffe at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garessen, II/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday received in audience an official of the State Department and the outgoing Irish ambassador, accredited near Monrovia, Mr. Liam Canniffe.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Irish envoy thanked the government and people of Liberia for the support he has received during his tenure and promised to work toward expanding Liberian-Irish relations. Ambassador Canniffee expressed his governmentís support for the proposed Rapid Reaction Force of the Liberia National Police. The Irish envoy promised to also work towards the establishment of a Mission in Liberia. He praised the steady progress taking place in Liberia and expressed the hope that the evolving freedom being encouraged by government would be sustained by all. President Johnson Sirleaf thanked the Irish government for its support toward Liberiaís emerging democracy through the peace keeping efforts of the United Nations.

In a related development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Todd Moss, that government must accelerate the implementation of development projects to respond to the needs of the people.

The President thanked the United States government for its support toward governmentís development programs. She said one of the challenges facing the country is the lack of electricity and expressed the hope that the United States would join the efforts as government seeks long term solutions to address the power situation in the country.

The State Department official praised the President for the progress taking place in the country, and lauded government for the latest World Bank report which shows strong improvement in areas of governance, the rule of law and fiscal discipline.  Mr. Todd said he was pleasantly surprised at the level of support Liberia continues to enjoy among U.S. policy makers and promised to step up efforts for the speedy release of development funds Congress has allocated for Liberia to facilitate development programs in the country.

Meanwhile, the Liberian leader will on Tuesday chair a meeting of Mano River Union leaders in the Guinean border town of Gueckedou. The Summit, which will also bring together elders and leaders of the Makona River Association, will discuss the Yenga land dispute between Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Mano River Union leaders will also discuss the consolidation of peace and security in the Mano River Union Basin, as well as political and budgetary issues emanating from the secretariat of the Union.