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Guinean President Alpha Conde Reaffirms Commitment to Return Yenga

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His Excellency Professor Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea has re-affirmed his Government’s commitment to resolving the Yenga border issue within the shortest possible time. He made this declaration on the occasion of the milestone commissioning of the newly constructed Conakry-Freetown Highway and the Joint Customs Post at Gbalamuya, Kambia District.

President Conde revealed that since President Koroma assumed office in 2007, the Yenga issue has always been top on his list of priorities. He promised to visit Yenga together with President Koroma following which a final decision will be taken to put the matter to rest once and for all.

“Therefore I President Alpha Conde and President Koroma of Sierra Leone together will visit Yenga in July this year, after which a definite and final decision on the border problem will be taken”, he said.

Professor Conde went on to assure the people of Kailahun District, particularly those from Yenga that their interests will be protected by both President Koroma and himself pending the swift resolution of the border issue, and pledged that no border problem, including the Yenga issue will constitute a source of conflict between the two countries.

Please see declaration below:

Declaration made by His Excellency Professor Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea on the Yenga issue on the 2nd of June, 2012.

DECLARATION

“Considering our common stand point on the Yenga border issue as expressed in the Joint Communique promulgated in Conakry on 14th October, 2011,

On the occasion of the friendly and working visit of His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,

During which we agreed that peace and security are paramount in the sustainability of our bilateral relations,

And having resolved expeditiously to settled the Yenga issue through a Joint Commission Meeting as soon as possible in Freetown in order to move to the final solution.

I wish the Sierra Leonean people to know that since President Koroma’s ascension to the leadership of the country, he had taken the issue of Yenga as a core issue in his agenda.

Therefore I President Alpha Conde and President Koroma of Sierra Leone together will visit Yenga in July this year, after which a definite and final decision on the border problem will be taken.

I will like to assure the people of Kailahun District, especially those in Yenga, who have come here today that their interest will be protected by both President Koroma and myself to their full satisfaction.

I re-emphasise that the border issue between Guinea and Sierra Leone especially that of Yenga and anywhere else will never constitute a source of conflict between Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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