ECOWAS assures citizens on peace, security

Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo has assured Community citizens of the regional bloc's determination to make the region a zone of peace governed by the rule of law and respect of human rights.

Addressing Ivorian refugees in Liberia on Monday in Zwedru, capital of Grand Gedeh County, over 450 km south-east of the capital Monrovia, President Ouedraogo reiterated the Commission’s commitment to resolving existing crises in the region to enable displaced persons return to their home countries in peace.

Liberia hosts more than 66,800 Ivorian refugees who fled the 2010 post-election crisis in their country. Zwedru accommodates 9,000 of them, while the rest are in four other camps in Liberia.

“We are here today because you are important, and we bring a message of solidarity,” the ECOWAS Commission President told the refugees, adding that the Commission is working with member states, regional leaders as well as partners to restore peace to the entire region so that displaced persons can return home.

He appealed to the refugees to live in peace and harmony with the host community and thanked the Liberian people and Government for their generosity in accommodating refugees from other countries despite the nation’s own challenges.

President Ouédraogo later made a symbolic presentation of some bags of rice from the Commission to the refugee leaders, ahead of the official presentation of 300 metric tons of rice to the Liberian Government for distribution to the refugees.
-0- PANA SEG 18Dec2012

18 december 2012 10:54:39




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