Vice President Boakai Calls on Mano River Youth Parliament to Help Resolve Yenga Land Dispute

Friday, 31st August 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has urged Guinean and Sierra Leonean members of the Mano River Youth Parliament to use their influence to ensure an amicable resolution of the Yenga land dispute.

Yenga is a parcel of land between Guinea and Sierra Leone on the Sierra Leone side of the border which has been occupied by Guinean troops since war erupted in Sierra Leone in 1991.

He said peaceful resolution of the Yenga land issue will once again ensure freedom of movement and peaceful co-existence in the Mano River Union sub-region.

Vice President Boakai made the call Friday when members of the Mano River Union Youth Parliament who have been holding their second session in Monrovia, paid a courtesy call on him at his Sinkor office.

Vice President Boakai also expressed the hope that the run-off presidential election slated for September 8 in Sierra Leone will be free, fair and peaceful, so that the Mano River Union Basin will once again enjoy peace.
He said the decision by the Youth parliament to meet and hold deliberations in Liberia was an expression of confidence in what is happening in the country.

The Vice President challenged youths of the three countries to begin to examine and come out with recommendations on issues that confront their sub-region.

He assured the Liberian governmentís fullest support and cooperation in the Mano River Union Youth Parliamentís activities.

In remarks earlier, the Speaker of the Mano River Union Youth Parliament, Mohamed Toure of Guinea expressed appreciation for the cooperation accorded them in Liberia,  especially the fact that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf could grace the opening of their meeting.

He urged Vice President Boakai to prevail on other governments of the sub-region to embrace and support the work of the Youth parliament.

Mr. Donald Kalokoh of Sierra Leone and Ernest Varfee of Liberia who are first and second deputy speakers respectively, also attended the meeting.