General News of Saturday, 24 November 2012
National Security Coordinator Col. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (retired) has raised doubts over the credibility of a “supposed UN report” which indicted Ghana for allegedly harbouring dissidents plotting to unseat the Ivorian government.
According to Col. Gbevlo-Lartey, government is uncertain about the credibility of the report because the sources quoted in the report are unreliable.
Ghana’s role in resolving the political crisis in neighbouring Cote D’Ivoire once again became a subject of discussion when the NPP’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo on the IEA-organised Presidential Debate Wednesday, criticized the “dzi wo fi asem” (mind you own business, in Akan) policy of the NDC administration.
Akufo-Addo condemned the NDC administration for not doing enough to foster good cooperation with Ghana's neighbours, citing a UN report accusing Ghana of having allowed insurgents to use its territory while planning subversive actions against the constitutionally elected government in the Ivory Coast.
Contributing to a discussion via phone on News File programme on Joy News TV and Joy FM on Saturday, Col. Gbevlo-Lartey stated that portions of the report being referred to are statements attributed to associates of the group engaged by the UN, who compiled the report.
He said the group had planned to meet Ghanaian authorities on July 24th 2012 for their contribution to their findings but unfortunately, that was the same date that President John Atta Mills passed on.
He maintained the UN Security Council had not issued any statement on the report and therefore that report could not be described as a UN report.
The Security Chief denied the suggestion that Ghana was being used to plot subversive actions against her neighbour, stressing the country remained committed to ensuring a lasting peace in Cote D’Ivoire.
“Even throughout the conflict with President Gbagbo’s people, it is our people (sic) who were protecting President Ouatara while he was locked up in that hotel. It was our people who were providing him protection…..The EC (in Ghana) is even looking for helicopters, our helicopters are in Cote D’Ivoire serving President Ouatara,” Col. Gbevlo-Lartey disclosed.