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Bawku Conflict: Government Prioritises Dialogue to Attain Lasting Peace

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The resolution of the Bawku conflict is a top priority for the Ghanaian government, according to the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng. He assured the public that every possible effort would be made to prevent the situation from escalating, with dialogue being the government’s preferred method for bringing about lasting peace.

The Minister held separate meetings with the feuding factions, which were attended by traditional leaders of the parties. The discussions were conducted behind closed doors, and the Minister emphasised that the rule of law would not be compromised.

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The Bawku conflict has centred around issues of allodial ownership and chieftaincy, with both sides claiming rights to the region. However, the Minister reiterated that the government had a well-defined plan to prioritise areas requiring immediate attention to bring closure to these protracted matters.

In his statement, Mr Asamoah-Boateng urged all interested parties to approach the table with an open mind and to refrain from taking entrenched positions. He warned that extremist stances would not be tolerated and called on all to engage in mainstream discussions.

The Minister emphasised that no breach of the law would be tolerated, and the government’s responsibility was to maintain law and order. The government will also protect freedom of expression, acknowledging that there would be challenges along the way, including the need for give-and-take and compromise.

The Minister commended both sides for their reception and support, indicating that the government would work towards a win-win solution to provide lasting peace for both sides. A roadmap will be put together with input from all parties and cognisance of previous attempts.

In conclusion, the Minister acknowledged that chieftaincy-related issues posed a significant threat to national security, given the emotional attachment involved. He urged all parties to come to the table with their grievances and work together towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

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