Liberia’s Ambassador to UN Pleads for Support

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Liberia’s Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, has made a passionate plea to the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) to address the remaining needs in the Security Sector Reform (SSR) process in Liberia, a dispatch from the mission has said.

During a recent meeting with Ms. Ilene Cohn, Chief of the UN Security Sector Reform Unit (SSRU) at the DPKO, Amb. Kemayah acknowledged the very important and immeasurable role played by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in reforming Liberia’s National Security Sector; especially in building and strengthening the capacity of the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Liberia Immigration Service and the Armed Forces of Liberia, as well as working with civil society groups.

Kemayah recalled his personal experience then working in the NGO sector on the implementation of the peace agreement and the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration (DDRR) process in Liberia, He also spoke highly of the role played by President George Weah.

The United States of America through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the international community as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union also played a major role.

“The USAID ‘War Affected Youth Support (WAYS) program’, implemented by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its collaborating partners provided child and youth ex-combatants with a vocational package, including  literacy/numeracy courses and training on business development and other skills relevant to their communities– agriculture, masonry, construction, tailoring, carpentry, cosmetology, auto mechanics, etc. It also provided cash reward for guns turned in during the process.”

According to the dispatch, Amb. Kemayah explained that the Pro-poor Agenda is a people’s-centered policy that focuses on giving “power to the people” in the areas of governance, education, health, infrastructure, and agriculture.

Kemayah however, stressed that while the pro-poor agenda is a people’s-centered national policy, without the support of the international community, it would be difficult to implement and meet the high expectations of Liberians.

“President Weah has a lot of popularity which brings high expectations from the population. His government came to power through the most popular mandate of the Liberian people. Hence, the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development will encounter challenges for its implementation without support from the international community. The need for the International Community to assist the Government of Liberia in the mobilization of resources and comprehensive support for the implementation of the country’s National Development Plan–the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development cannot be overly emphasized.”

Amb. Kemayah then informed Ms. Cohn of the pending visit of the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, and proposed a meeting between the Liberian Police Chief and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) to discuss relevant SSR issues.

Ms. Cohn described the meeting as an opportunity for continued engagement with the Permanent Mission of Liberia on SSR related matters. She assured that as part of its mandate, the SSR Unit will continue to work with Liberia in its strive to sustain the peace following the departure of UNMIL.

She then encouraged Liberia to take advantage of the platforms of the  Group of Friends (GOF) of SSR and the UN Inter-Agency SSR Task Force–the SSR Unit’s key coordination bodies,  to put forward initiatives that the Country would like to undertake in 2019.

Ms. Cohn disclosed that the SSR Unit at the DPKO was interested in sharing Liberia’s lessons with other peacekeeping operations experiencing similar processes; especially on the integration of ex-combatants.

8 COMMENTS

  1. begging begging begging is that all Liberia does? beg, beg, beg. when will you idiots start depending on yourselves instead of going all over the world begging. when you get the money what do you do? big houses , cars and women.
    BEG BEG BEG BEG BEG BEG BEG BEG BEG BEG

  2. The problem with the Liberian government is that the government official has on other source of income, they do not invest, instead they mismanaged the country resources. What they failed to realized is that the international community are countries who have their own problem. Liberia have natural resources , stop depending on other countries ,stop paying senators and the House of Representatives more then what they worth. Liberia is reach we need to manage our resources well not to sell our resources for individual greed. CDC, open your eye do something different .

  3. The problem with the Liberian government is that the government official has no other source of income, they do not invest, instead they mismanaged the country resources. What they failed to realized is that the international community are countries who have their own problem. Liberia have natural resources , stop depending on other countries ,stop paying senators and the House of Representatives more then what they worth. Liberia is reach we need to manage our resources well not to sell our resources for individual greed. CDC, open your eye do something different .

  4. Bejide was the Nigerian bank manager whose temper tantrum went above boiling point. Bejide bloodied up a Liberian surbordinate’s lip with his phone. Of course, the Liberian people were never told what got the bank manager so enraged. Notwithstanding, law enforcement officers were called in to do their part. Yes, Bejide got arrested and read his rights. Now, when the courts of the land put up a dishonorable judge named Peabody, all things fell apart quickly. As expected, the dishonorable judge did his do by granting the phone-throwing manager (Bejide, of course) a medical leave to travel to Nigeria.

    The dishonorable judge’s mercy of granting medical leave raised the eyebrows of Liberians in and out of the country. Example, many Liberians wondered why the “medical doctors” of Liberia were not given an opportunity to perform Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic techniques on this guy. So y’all see now…. that’s how things are at the present time.

    Another Nigerian man of gargantuan power has been granted a medical leave. By making this kind of move, the Sable Mining bribery issue is about to fall apart. Maybe the judges of Liberia have no confidence in the doctors of Liberia.
    That’s it O.

  5. Bring Lewis Brown back! This buffon is a joke with limited English skills. He needs to return and go to a good tailor to find something that fits. This man is making Liberia a laughing stock in the UN. Diplomats cannot believe that Brown could have been replaced with a joker.

  6. Mr. Ambassador, though your position to ask for assistance from other Partners in the United Nations may be in place. Has The Liberian Government tried to engaged well Trained Liberian Law Enforcement Professionals around the World to begin talking about Liberia’s Security Issues? There are Liberians around the World well trained that, could share their expertise on Security. Please Mr. Ambassador you could have this discussion with President Weah. Thank you.

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