The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), a non-governmental organization, yesterday organized a three-day training workshop for Cross Border Community (CBC) leaders in the country.
The training, which started yesterday at a resort in Monrovia, brought together participants from Liberia’s 15 counties to discuss the theme, “Strengthening Capacities for Security Monitoring in the Mano River Union (MRU) Basin.”
Mr. Dan Sayee, Senior Policy Advisor for IREDD, said the aim of the program is to carefully assess the Accra Peace Declaration, signed by “La Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia” to ensure that the two countries work together to protect their respective borders.
He said the issue of security has to do with cross border communities, which he considers to be in the front lines between the two countries.
“They are front liners because they face many problems that will affect their livelihoods and cause fighting (among) their children in those areas. If we don’t hold discussions to address issues relative to the security of the two countries, it will not auger well for the citizens. If those borders are not safe the inside will be infested with problems,” warned Mr. Sayee.
Mrs. Janet A. Mohammed, Program Director of Conciliation Resources (CR) for West Africa, thanked participants for coming to serve at the end of the training as ambassadors for their respective communities.
Mrs. Mohammed said as a peace building organization, CR believes in the empowerment of the people to take the mantle of peace-making in their respective communities along the borders.
Earlier, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Administration, Varney A. Sirleaf, who launched the Accra Peace Declaration, informed participants of government’s commitment to the agreement.
He said the declaration will consider the value and importance of peace and security in promoting social cohesion, mutual understanding, goodwill and economic and social development between La Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.