Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Border attacks: Sirleaf working with Ouattara

14 June 2012, 15:21

 Monrovia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Thursday she was working with Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara to deal with deadly border attacks in his country.

She also denied there was tension between the two nations after Ivory Coast charged that the attackers who killed 18 people, including seven UN peacekeepers in western Ivory Coast last week, came from Liberia.

"I am not only concerned but I was also very involved in the national security meeting with my cabinet," Sirleaf told journalists.

"I was in personal touch with President Ouattara of Ivory Coast and the two countries are working together to be able to solve this problem."

Sirleaf said she would get a full report from her defence minister during a national security meeting on Thursday.

Last week Friday, at least 80 guerillas staged a deadly ambush on a UN peacekeeping patrol in Ivory Coast but the attackers have not yet been identified.

More killings

Seven peacekeepers from Niger, one Ivory Coast soldier and 10 civilians were killed in the attack last Friday which led to the closure of the border with Liberia.

Another four civilians were killed early this week in a fresh attack, the UN said on Wednesday.

The attacks came after a Human Rights Watch report said fighters loyal to ousted Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo were staging the attacks from Liberia.

The group said at least 40 people were killed in those raids since July 2011.

"There is absolutely no bad relationship between Liberia and Ivory Coast, we are best of friends. What we will do, will be done jointly by the two countries in the interest of our two people," said Sirleaf.

The instability along the border has been a concern ever since the end of Ivory Coast's conflict, which left 3 000 dead as Gbagbo refused to stand down after losing an election. He was captured in April last year.

Liberia has reported several "worrisome" seizures of weapons along the border, and in January said it arrested about 70 people "training and recruiting fighters to go against the government of Ivory Coast".



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...