Those suppressive Guineans must desist!
There has been a long standing good diplomatic relationship between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Guinea but recent events in the border town of Yenga bear the potential to destroy that relationship.
We have been reliably informed by traditional authorities in that area that the Guineans have been severely suppressing Sierra Leoneans in Yenga, preventing them from farming and from constructing structures in the disputed area which they claim belongs to Guinea. We have been very perturbed by such unpleasant report and we are warning those Guineans involved in such hostile behavior to desist in the best interest of continuous peace between the two neighboring countries.
Yenga has been legally owned by Sierra Leone since pre-colonial days, so, it cannot automatically turn into a Guinean territory. The Guineans started their provocative activities long ago when they installed a heavily armed occupation force in the border town which they keep claiming. The area, after series of dialogue meetings, was demilitarized and our Internal Affairs Minister, Joseph Bandabla Dauda, who recently visited the disputed border town, has disclosed plans to demarcate the area to bring a final settlement to the conflict.
While mechanisms are being put in place to resolve the dispute amicably, the Guineans must wait for that peaceful settlement and not continue to disturb the peaceful Sierra Leoneans.
We are calling on government to do all in its power to ensure that the Yenga deadlock is speedily and peacefully settled so that our people in that area will become free from the persistent Guinean suppression. We view the planned demarcation of the disputed area as the best way to peacefully resolve the impasse as it will clearly define the boundaries of Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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