MRU defence, security ministers meet in Monrovia

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Defence and national security ministers of the Mano River Union (MRU) states Wednesday began a three-day meeting here to review the security situation in the region.
The meeting will also work out the timetable to implement proposals by the Joint Security Committee of the MRU put forward at two previous meetings in Sierra Leone and Guinea.
A highlight of the meeting, according to Liberia's national security advisor Lewis Browne, would be the committee's proposal for member countries to apprehend and turn over to the country of origin individuals who harbour "inimical intentions" against their homeland.
MRU states of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have for a protracted period been trading accusations about each other harbouring dissidents to destabilise their respective countries.
Sierra Leone claims rebels fighting in that country for a decade now were doing so with support from Liberia, while Liberia says that country was a haven for Liberian dissidents.
On the other hand, Guinea charges armed insurgents who entered its territory a year ago came from Liberia with the support of the Liberian government.
But Liberia counters that it is Guinea which has acquiesced for Liberian dissidents fighting government troops in the north of the country to use Guinean territory as a springboard.
The MRU, established in 1975 as an economic and political grouping, has seen more military confrontation among the three member states in the last decade than any period in its history.
Guinea is being represented by its foreign minister Camara Mahawa Bangoura, Justice Minister Aboubacar Camara and Ibrahima Diallo, Defence Minister.
Sierra Leone's delegation comprises Charles Margai, minister of security and safety, Sahr Maturie, deputy foreign minister and Brigadier (rtd) Kellie Conteh, national security advisor.
Foreign minister Monie Captan leads the Liberian delegation which includes the ministers of defence, Daniel Chea, national security, Philip Kamah and internal affairs, Richard Flomo.

26 september 2001 16:30:00




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