Mano River Union Leaders End Meeting

Tuesday, 1st May 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Heads of the State of the Mano River Union Monday concluded their summit in Conakry, Guinea geared towards fostering peace and cooperation within the Union. The Chairperson of the Heads of State of the Union, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, announced that following lengthy closed door deliberations with Guinean President Lansana Conte, Sierra Leonean President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Guinean Prime Minister Lansana Kouyate, key decisions had been taken.

The Liberian Leader said they had agreed to work towards strengthening the Mano River Union Secretariat and would put up resources to help the secretariat begin its programs. The President announced that the leaders saw the need for cooperation in the area of security and encouraged their respective Heads of security to put mechanisms in place in this regard.

The Mano River Union Heads of State Chairperson added that they had discussed some territorial problems and also invited the Republic of La Cote díIvoire to join the Union. President Johnson Sirleaf said Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo informed them that he would consult his cabinet and members of the Ivorian Parliament before reaching a decision. The President expressed thanks on behalf of her colleagues to President Conte and Prime Minister Kouyate for the new Guinean government and commended them for the cordial working relationship exhibited thus far.

The Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Mano River Union also brought together key sector ministers from countries in the Union ranging from Foreign Affairs, Security, Internal Affairs, Parliamentarians as well as civil society organizations from the 27th to 30th of April 2007.

The President was accompanied by Foreign Minister George Wallace, Planning Minister Dr. Toga McIntosh and Deputy Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Conmany Wesseh.