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Guinea returns disputed Yenga to Sierra Leone July

Disputed border town of YengaDisputed border town of Yenga
June 5, 2012

After years of bickering, Guinea has promised to hand over the small border town of Yenga to neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Yenga is the territory where Guinean troops have been occupying since the country took part in the sub-regional ECOMOG force to end Sierra Leone’s civil war in the 1990s .

Guinea documented its promise in a joint communiqué President Alpha Conde signed together with Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma just days ago.

The disputed Yenga territory located in Kailahun District, eastern Sierra Leone had witnessed series of disturbances, as indigenous residents are said to have been subjected to mistreatment by occupying Guinean forces.

Locals are also said to have abandoned their farm land and at the same time have been compelled to pay taxes to the Guinean military stationed in the area.

But this will all soon come to an end, as a joint ceremony by the two countries has been slated for July this year for the formal handing over process in Yenga.

WADR’s Freetown correspondent Mohamed Konneh reports.

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