A recommendation for the reconstitution of a consultative committee between Liberia and Ghana has been approved by Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced.
The group was initially set up nearly two years ago following disturbances at the Buduburam Resettlement Center in Ghana. The team will meet to discuss issues relating to the well-being of Liberian refugees in Ghana, who number a little over 11,000. The Joint Liberia-Ghana Committee is expected to meet in Accra later this month to reach an understanding on the Liberian refugee issue.
In a radio program “Conversation with the President,” President Johnson Sirleaf said the Liberian Government is in contact with Ghanaian authorities regarding the fate of Liberians who were arrested recently following disturbances at the Center last month, which resulted in the death of a female and the subsequent arrest and detention of more than 40 Liberians for their alleged role in the incident. Those arrested are now awaiting trial. “We are following those cases to see that we give support and that justice is done for them. We are engaging the Ghanaian Government on the whole issue. We are doing all we can to protect our citizens, to defend them,” the President said.
President Sirleaf maintained that Liberia must continue to work with the Government of Ghana to protect the interest of Liberian citizens still residing in that country. She cautioned that provocative actions that would affect the interest of Liberian citizens resident in Ghana must be avoided.
Touching on the findings of the Government delegation sent to Ghana to investigate the recent disturbances at the Center, the President said there seems to be a consistency in all of the reports received on the incident. “You had a legislative committee there; they’ve investigated and reported. We had the inter-ministerial group that was there; it included someone from the students’ organization. What they all claimed is that, yes, excessive force was used; there was some provocation; that one person died, and the person was not a Liberian. We don’t want to see anybody die,” the President said during the radio interaction.