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Prez. Sirleaf praises Liberia- UN relations, consoles Kenya

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

( 7, 2015)- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says Government will work closely with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to implement its new transition plan for Liberia.

P-resident Sirleaf said:” The new UNMIL’S Transition Plan for Liberia is critical because it will move the peace-building process of the country forward.”

She praised the United Nations for its role in the attainment of peace and stability following the civil war in Liberia.

President Sirleaf made the remarks Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Foreign Ministry when the new Chairman of the UN Peace Building Commission, Olof Skoog and delegation, paid her a courtesy call in Monrovia. 

The visit of the new UN Peace building Chair and delegation was led by the Special Representative of the UN secretary General to Liberia, Karen Landgren.

The Liberian Leader thanked Ambassador Skoog for his preferment and for accepting his new assignment to serve in Liberia.

Responding, Ambassador Skoog acknowledged the progress made thus far and commended the Liberian Leader for her outstanding leadership.

‘Taking up assignment as Chair of the UN Peace building Commission as a Swedish national is important considering the long-standing Sweden-Liberia relations,” he said.

Ambassador Skoog pledged his Commission’s preparedness to support Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery, especially in the consolidation of peace in the country.

In another development, President Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the Government and people of Kenya for the death of 148 people in that Eastern African state.

They were killed by the Al-Shabaab Terrorist Group following an attack on Campus of the Garissa University College in Kenya.

In her message to Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Johnson-Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, condemned the attack which claimed the lives of Kenyans.

She said: “I am saddened over the deaths of your citizens and would like to extend deepest condolences to the Government and people of Kenya, especially the bereaved families for the irreparable loss sustained.

The Liberian Leader prayed that God will grant President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya strength, and fortitude, as they go through this difficult period of their national mourning.

Liberia and Kenya have built excellent political ties dating back in the 1960’s during the Administration of Liberia’s 18th President, William V. S. Tubman.

Former Kenyan President,  Jomo Kenyatta and President Tubman, fought for the decolonization of Africa in the 1960’s, a struggle which led to the formation of the Organization of African Unity(OAU)) now African Union(AU). 


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