The Delegate of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Madam Tiina Intelmann, is calling on personnel of the Liberian security sector to demonstrate patriotism and diligence in their work to make the country flourish.
Madam Intelmann’s statement was made during a closing ceremony, at the end of a four-day training on arms marking, organized for the Government of Liberia’s security agencies.
Some security agencies that benefitted from the training included the Ministry of National Defense, Liberia National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), National Security Agency (NSA) and the Executive Protection Services (EPS).
The training was meant to ensure that all state-owned firearms in Liberia are distinctly marked in compliance with the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and the United Nations Programme of Action (UNPoA).
Ambassador Intelmann, whose institution helped to fund the purchase of two operational arms marking machines for Liberia, reminded beneficiaries of the training and the entire security sector that “this country is in your hands and it is now up to you to train others and continue with your hard work, and I wish you every success in this venture.”
She also indicated that the entire international community, including the EU, UN and ECOWAS, support the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA).
An official of the Ministry of Defence, Sgt. Jerome Larbelee, who spoke on behalf of the Liberian Government, noted that the training and the presence of arms marking machines create a sense of accountability and responsibility in the security sector.
“This is the start for us to show accountability because research has shown that illegal arms have found their way through to Liberia due to lack of accountability. No one can over emphasize the importance of this training,” Sgt. Larbelee noted.
He described the event as a positive step taken in the arms control process and urged all stakeholders to build the momentum.
The Arms Marking training was organized by the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), United Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UREC) and the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms.