Consequently, the government had requested for the invocation of the Cessation Clause under the Article 1(4) of the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention because the grounds on which they remained here were no longer valid.
Mr. Bartels expressed displeasure at the fact that a group of Liberian s had since February 19, 2008, embarked on an illegal demonstrations at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement, stating, among other things, that they did not wish to remain in Ghana to be integrated into the Ghanaian society.
They had rather demanded resettlement in a western country, probably the United States or Canada, and the payment of $1,000 to each of them opting g to voluntarily resettle in Liberia.
He said that course of action had been a matter of grave concern to the government because it did have grave sanctuary implications and the leaders of the demonstrations had hidden behind the women and innocent children to perpetrate their illegal acts.
The minister said the seemingly innocent demonstration by women and children was part of a wider plot by a number of persons to cause mayhem on the settlement, as well as threaten the security of the nation.
Mr Bartels said Ghana, as an independent and sovereign country, had right to protect itself from subversive elements and would take any action appropriate to protect and preserve the peace in the country without apology to anybody. – Daily Graphic