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President George Weah Expresses Deep Concerns, Calls for Calm in Conakry, and Engages ECOWAS on Solutions

Monrovia, Liberia-The President of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah on Monday, September 6, 2021, held an emergency National Security Council (NSC) meeting after reports emerged that Guinea Elite Military Soldiers have taken over the presidential Palace in Conakry and detained President Alpha Condé. During the NSC meeting, President Weah ordered all national security forces in Liberia to be on alert, mandating that they increase their vigilance and visibility along the border with the Republic of Guinea as the situation in Conakry remains fluid. The President of Liberia also expressed deep concern about unfolding political development and called on all sides in the ongoing political situation in Guinea to refrain from violence, uphold the rule of law, citizens’ rights, and ensure calm.

President Weah ordered that usual patrols of Liberia’s borders with Guinea be strengthened by the relevant security forces who already have their presence in these areas. The NSC meeting examined the security and political ramifications of the military and political crises in neighboring Guinea and its potential impact on Liberia’s peace, freedom of movement, cross-border trade, commerce, localized investments in Guinea. President Weah stated that these measures are intended to protect Liberia’s territorial integrity, interests, stand up for West African Peace and Security values, and solidarity. The Liberia leader said he has mandated a whole-of-government approach in preparedness and readiness to address the intended and unintended border influx of brothers and sisters Guineans who might want to seek refuge in Liberia as Liberians did in the 1990s.

President Weah has stated that he will remain agile in engagement with his fellow West African Leaders under the framework of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS in intervening to end the security and political impasse in neighboring Guinea while reminding colleagues of commitment to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Peacekeeping, and Security.

ECOWAS LEADERS

The Liberian Leader has also called for strict adherence to ECOWAS Protocols on Democracy and Good Governance. An Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS has been scheduled for Thursday, September 9, 2021, and will be hosted by current ECOWAS president H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra, Ghana to look honestly at and urgently discuss the ongoing issues in Conakry. The Summit will review the security and political crisis and adopt a common approach and strategy. President Weah is expected to be in attendance.

ECOWAS President H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo