13 December Press Brief Notes

Monday, 13th December 2010

Talking Points:

  • The President has been briefed about the situation along our borders, where our brothers and sisters from neighboring Côte d’Ivoire have been crossing for safety.  The government has been working along with relief agencies to provide accommodation for those crossing into our territory. As of Saturday, the President was informed, more than 3,000 Ivorians had crossed into Liberia by way of Nimba County.  The LRRRC is collaborating with other agencies, including the Ministry of Health, UNHCR, and the World Food Programme to provide accommodation and relief to the asylum-seekers.

    It is the President’s hope that a solution will be found to the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire to ease the plight of their people.  The President, as Chair of the Mano River Union and one of the Vice Presidents of the African Union, is engaged in behind-the-scenes consultations with all parties to reach an amicable political settlement to the problem.

  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has met with a 10-man delegation from the Federal Transitional Government of Somalia and has expressed support for efforts by the African Union to help build the capacity of members of the Transitional Government.

    Liberia is among four countries designated by the African Union to help mentor personnel from the Somali Transitional Government.  The other countries providing mentorship are: Burundi, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda. The delegation has already interacted with authorities of the Vice President’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Civil Service Agency, the Ministry of Finance, as well as Procurement experts.

    The visit stems from the African Union’s resolution to build the capacity for middle- and senior-level personnel of the Transitional Government of Somalia.

  • The issue at Star Radio, where employees are said to be on strike, has claimed the attention of the President who, in consultation with the Vice President, is looking into the matter in the hope of resolving it amicably. The President is, therefore, urging all sides to remain calm while efforts are made to resolve whatever outstanding issues may exist at Star Radio.