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Government allays fear, assures maximum security

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Justice Minister, Benedict Sannoh
Justice Minister, Benedict Sannoh

( 9, 2015)-The Government of Liberia has assured the public of security protection at all times.

Government says it is under obligation to ensure that the security of its citizenry is guaranteed as enshrined in the Liberian Constitution.

Justice Minister, Benedict Sannoh, said: “Government has put in place a comprehensive security plan to drastically deal with any internal or external security threat.”

He said Government is committed to providing maximum security for the Liberian and foreign residents following the departure of  the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

The Justice Minister said Government’s assurance is in reaction to mixed public concerns that Liberia’s security will be fragile if UNMIL ends its mission to the country.  

He spoke Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the regular press briefing of the Information Ministry in Monrovia.

Minister Sannoh said: “The United Nations has already established a Regional Quick Reaction Force in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire to respond to security threats in the region.”

“Government has signed the relevant status of forces agreement to facilitate the deployment of such force when the need arises,” he said.

The Attorney-General also disclosed that Government is working closely with UNMIL in the full implementation of its Security Transition Plan for Liberia.

The plan will focus on the respect for the rule of law, transparency, accountability and efficiency, among others.  UNMIL is expected to conclude its mission to Liberia by June, 2016.

The UN force arrived in Liberia in August, 2003 during the height of the brutal Liberian civil war which left the entire country devastated.


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