Amb. Malac Commends DEA, Others

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U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, has commended authorities of the country’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for exhibiting a high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties in recent years.
Although, U.S. State Department 2014 Human Rights report blamed officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) for various human rights violations, Ambassador Malac said her office has worked closely with DEA, “and I want to commend the professionalism that we have seen in most of Liberia’s security agencies.
The U.S. Diplomat’s commendation was contained in her speech during the 239th anniversary celebration of her country’s Independence held recently in Monrovia.
Maintaining peace and social stability, she said, is a prerequisite for Liberia’s democratic and economic development.
Based on that, the U.S. Government has worked closely with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and with Liberian National Police (LNP) to strengthen them, she pointed out.
Ambassador Malac however cautioned that more work remains. She called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to strengthen the two institutions, adding that the AFL and LNP are increasingly ready to assume full responsibility for Liberia’s security as the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeepers continues.
The AFL and the LNP played key roles in Liberia’s Ebola response, particularly during the peak of the virus last year, for which they should be commended, Amb. Malac said.

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