V.P Boakai and Guinean Prime Minister Hold Bilateral Talks

Friday, 28th September 2007
New York, USA - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and Guinean Prime Minister Lansana Kouyate Thursday held bilateral talks in New York promising to continue collaboration to foster economic, trade and cultural cooperation between their two countries.

Prime Minister Kouyate and Vice President Boakai who are representing their countries at this yearís UN General Assembly, promised to study the possibility of jointly exploiting the Yekepa Iron Ore Mines which also projects into the Merfegui Mountains in Guinea.

The two Mano River Union officials also discussed the Yenga boundary dispute between Guinea and Sierra Leone, with the Guinean Prime Minister pledging his countryís willingness not to allow the situation to get out of hand, and to finding a workable solution to the boundary dispute.

Prime Minister Kouyate called for expansion of the Makona River Union to incorporate other ethnic groups bordering the two countries, saying it was a dangerous precedent to have a grouping of only one ethnic group in the area to form an union.

Vice President Boakai stressed the need for peaceful co-existence among countries of the Mano River Union sub-region, noting that peace and stability were vital for development within the sub-region.

Vice President Boakai departs New York Saturday for Washington, where he is expected to attend an investment forum on Liberia hosted by the Liberian Embassy in Washington.