Following reports of fresh deployment of United Nations troops with heavy armor tanks from the Pakistani Contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) along the Liberian/Ivorian borders, residents in these areas are said to be frightened of the movement.
Recently, a founding member of the defunct LURD rebel movement, Joe Wyllie during his testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Thematic and Institutional hearings expressed fears that the estimated 10,000 Liberian mercenaries fighting on both sides in the Ivorian conflict could pose a security threat here.
He told the TRC by saying, that No one knows what the mercenaries are planning ahead of the planned Ivorian disarmament scheduled to take place in that country”, the well trained guerrilla in a serious tone told the TRC.
Mr. Wyllie’s testimony before the TRC was also re-echoed by a former rebel leader and now Senior Senator, Prince Y. Johnson when he testified before the TRC last week.
But the Spokesman of the UNMIL, Ben Malor in an exclusive with a daily newspaper in Monrovia denied the report, saying the mission (UNMIL) has not made any fresh deployment in the area mentioned.
“We have not made any fresh deployment of troops to the Liberian/Ivorian borders”, he said, adding, “Nothing has changed.
However, sources from Nimba County told reporters in Monrovia that they saw huge movement of heavily armed UNMIL troops along the borders.
Meanwhile a team of GNN staff is expected to travel to these areas mentioned to ascertain the facts on the ground as it relates to the security threats posed in the areas, and the news of the deployment of armor tanks by UNMIL.
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