After the two-day conference held at the Kimbima hotel on Peace and Security of MRU by the government of Sierra Leone, MRU and UNOWAS,  yesterday 26th November 2019 drafted a communique. In the presence of the Minister of Planning and Economic Development Dr Francis Kaikai, the MRU Secretary General Madam Medina Wesseh, UN Resident Representatives from Sierra Leone and Liberia, and the Deputy Secretary General of UNOWAS, the Communique was drafted and read in English and French and was accepted by all as a working document for the sub-region. The Communique says the Mano River Union Secretariat (MRU), and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) organized a high level sub regional meeting from 25 to 26 November 2019, in Freetown, Republic of Sierra Leone. The purpose of the meeting was to review the role of the Joint Border Security and Confidence Building Units (JBSCBUs) in order to draw lessons from the current status of the units and to analyze ways to improve and make them fully operational on a sustained basis, taking into account the socio-economic and political situation of its Member States in the sub-region; as well as to review the various existing MRU peace and security frameworks and make proposals for joint activities. The meeting noted with satisfaction the positive steps taken by the MRU Secretariat in reinforcing engagements with partners to promote regional stability through existing mechanisms within the sub-region. They called for the conduct of peaceful elections in Guinea and C6te d’Ivoire in 2020.

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