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As UNMIL honorably departs: Liberia assumes security

Joseph T. Koon
Photo of UNMIL Soldiers  in  Muster
Photo of UNMIL Soldiers in Muster

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Government of Liberia has assumed responsibility of its national security following the end of UNMIL’s mandate Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Speaking at the formal turning over ceremony Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Monrovia City Hall, President Sirleaf said: “Liberia has done much to handle its own security in the absence of UNMIL, but more was still needed.”

  “New barracks have been built across the country to increase security outside the capital,” the Liberian Leader emphasized.

The Liberian Chief Executive disclosed that 20-million United States Dollars was appropriated in the National Budget for transition plan.

President Sirleaf said: “Out of the amount, 10-million United States Dollars was allotted for the training of security personnel as part of the security transition plan.

She paid tribute to the United Nations for enormous contributions made prior and during the tenure of UNMIL.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed Liberia’s full assumption of its national security responsibilities from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Mr. Ban said: “The resumption of Liberia’s security responsibility is in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2239 of 2015.”

“Liberia’s determination towards lasting peace after the end of conflict that led to the deployment of UNMIL in October 2003, is laudable,” he said.

Mr. Ban urged partners to remain engaged and to continue assisting the Government of Liberia consolidate peace in post UNMIL environment.

He praised Liberia for the significant accomplishments characterized by commitment towards the attainment of peace and stability for more than a decade now.

Mr. Ban’s remarks were contained in a special statement read on his behalf by the Under Secretary, Farid Zarif when UNMIL officially turned over security to the Government of Liberia at the Monrovia City hall.

Meanwhile, as part of UNMIL’s transition plan, over one thousand U.N. military and 606 police personnel, will remain in the country to beef up national security in case of emergency.

UNMIL came to Liberia in August, 2003 after two brutal civil wars in the country to restore peace. The UN force has been winding down for several months as part of its transition plan.

Prior to UNMIL’s  arrival, a Nigerian Vanguard military force was deployed to Liberia following the passage of the UN Resolution of 1497, ordering the Security Council to organize and commence peace mission to Liberia.

 


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