Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire have signed a joint communiqué to enhance bilateral cooperation for social cohesion within the context of the implementation of the Quadripartite High-Level Meeting between the two neighboring countries. The communiqué was among several resolutions adopted at the end of the Second Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders Meeting (JCCEM) held from January 16-18, 2016 in the Ivorian town of Guiglo.
The JCCEM resolved that the Governments of both countries continue to strengthen cooperation towards peace consolidation, stability and security in the cross-border area and take immediate steps to resolve all land occupation-related issues along the common borders. The meeting also urged the two nations to cooperate with political and administrative authorities, refugees and UNHCR to find durable solutions for the reception and resettlement of refugees.
The JCCEM also called on both Governments to hold the Fifth Session of the joint commission for bilateral cooperation in the coming months in Abidjan in order to find sustainable solutions to border area issues as well as common interests as part of bilateral cooperation.
The Council also encouraged both Governments to explore ways and means to implement community development projects with the support of multilateral partners; increase the participation of chiefs and elders, youth and women in cross-border peace-building and development initiatives and strengthen joint border patrol.
The JCCEM urged both Governments to consult in order to implement the right of hot pursuit in compliance with Liberian and Ivorian Laws and international conventions; sensitize their youth on the importance of agriculture and support them through technical skills training, peace-building initiatives, psychosocial interventions and financial programs. The body agreed to implement the resolutions and hold the next JCCEM in Liberia.