Russian foreign policy / Russia - Liberia relations


Russian Diplomat Assesses Situation, Says Investors Await Improvement

The Analyst (Monrovia)
     September 22, 2004
     Posted to the web September 22, 2004

A senior Russian diplomat is in the country to assess the grounds for investment opportunities by Russian businessmen.

The Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey I. Lobanov, yesterday met with acting Foreign Minister Abel Momolu Massaley at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

The Russian envoy thanked acting Minister Massaley for the warm reception that was accorded him, saying his mission was to assess the situation on the ground.

A Foreign Ministry release said the Russian diplomat expressed the eagerness of Russian businessmen to invest in a wide range of areas in the Liberian economy once peace was restored to the country.

Responding, acting Foreign Minister Massaley welcomed Minister Counsellor Lobanov to the Foreign Ministry and briefed him on the Liberian peace process, the current security situation in the three-member states of the Mano River region and the Russo-Liberia bilateral relations.

Massaley said he was satisfied with the performance of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), stressing that all parties to the Liberian conflict were eager to make the country a gun-free society.

He said a time frame for the completion of the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation and reintegration would be observed because as he put it the "LTGL has a mandate to conduct election in 2005", something which he said is contingent upon having a gun-free country to enable free movement nationwide during the electoral period in the country without fair.

Massaley said Liberia was eager to meet her obligation to the international community in order for the country to resume her rightful and respectable position. He said this is why "Liberia is reopening her missions around the world: The acting Foreign Minister then called for more assistance from the UN, notably members of the Security Council to help Liberia get back to her original position in the comity of nations.

He lauded the Russo-Liberia ties, which he said have been cordial in the past, and expressed optimism that it would be strengthened and made stronger through the enhancement of cultural exchanges, technical, agricultural, economic, and educational cooperation.

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