Liberia's border with Cote d'Ivoire a significant focus of the UN: SRSG Landgren

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Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Liberia’s border with C6te d’Ivoire remains a significant focus for the Government and for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), according to the Special representative of the Secretary-General Karen Landgren.

She told the UN Security Council on Monday that Operation Restore Hope, conducted jointly by the Liberian National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and Armed Forces of Liberia, has continued since June 2012.

"Despite a number of challenges, the operation has proved a credible and responsive presence along the border. Following cross-border attacks last August, the border was largely calm for seven months, although clashes on the Ivorian side in January and March have led to several deaths. In the past week, with reports of armed attacks in some Ivorian villages close to the border, increased attention is being given in Liberia to avoiding any cross-border activity that could be linked to such attacks."

Ms. Landgren says there has been no sign of any new refugee influx, and UNHCR has also reported growing numbers of Ivorians returning home, with over 5,200 so far in 2013.

She says UNMIL and UNOCI- the UN mission in Cote d'Ivoire, continue inter-mission cooperation at all levels, and are working actively with both governments to encourage the development of a common border strategy that takes cooperation beyond immediate security measures.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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