ECOWAS Summit: Sierra Leone seeks blocs' intervention over dispute with Guinea

Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio

Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio has called on the sub-regional bloc ECOWAS to intervene in a potential conflict between his country and its neighbour Guinea. 

President Bio told an ECOWAS summit of heads of state that Guinean troops were encroaching into his country's territory, citing a border village called Yenga which has been the subject of a long-standing dispute between the two countries.

Yenga which is situated in the eastern Kailahun district of Sierra Leone is connected to Guinea by a river. Ownership of the area became contentions after Sierra Leone's civil war in 2002. 

It was a base for Guinean troops who served among foreign intervention forces in the eleven years civil war.

Addressing the heads of state over the weekend, President Maada Bio also expressed deep concern about the restrictions imposed from the Guinean end on the free movement of goods and people between the two countries thereby creating a huge economic loss for both countries.

Sierra Leonean Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh meeting with Guinean President Alpha Conde in Conakry on 25th Of February 2020

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