General News of Monday, 14 January 2013

Source: citi fm

Flagstaff House Security Concerns To Be Addressed - Gbevlo Lartey

Government is discussing a possible relocation of the French Embassy as part of improving security at the Flagstaff house the National Security Coordinator, Lt. Col Gbevlo Lartey has said.

Reports say the President, who is currently working from the Osu Castle will soon move to the Flagstaff House; built by the former Kufuor administration.

Security concerns have been raised regarding the location of the presidential palace which is extremely close to the French Embassy with some saying the French intelligence satellite could interfere with that of government.

Col Gbevlo Lartey tells Citi News government officials are still in talks with the Embassy officials to have it [French embassy] relocated.

“As the President has decided to move there, security concerns have been adequately addressed to enable him move there. The authorities have been in talks with the French Embassy during President Kufuor’s time,” he stated.

Col Gbevlo further mentioned that the Foreign Affairs Ministry which currently is housed in the flagstaff house will be relocated when President Mahama moves in.

“The Foreign Affairs Ministry will also move out of the flagstaff house and into their Ministry after the final touches are placed for the president to move in,” he said.