The Special Representative to the Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will continue to draw down its peace keeping mission in Liberia while increasing the presence of UNMIL’s police unit to prepare the Liberia National Police (LNP) for their eventual withdrawal.
She made the disclosure over the weekend when she attended the contingent medal parade held at the Pakistani base around Hotel Africa.
“For the past 10 years, we have worked with our Liberian counterparts towards maintaining peace and stability in Liberia. In June 2013, we successfully concluded the first phase of transition of security responsibilities from UNMIL to the Government of Liberia. This year, UNMIL is working closely with the Government in implementing the second phase of the security transition. This will also mark the departure of our PAKBATT 19 colleagues after serving diligently in Maryland, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties. Once again I want to take this opportunity to thank our Pakistani Peacekeepers for their contribution to peace and stability in Liberia over the past ten years,” she declared.
“As we continue to gradually draw down UNMIL forces in 2014, we are working with the government to continue building the capacity of Liberia’s security institutions, particularly the LNP and Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).
The SRSG also used the platform to encourage the Government, civil society, and all national bodies to continue to strengthen their contribution to preserving Liberia’s hard won peace, stating that “Every individual Liberian has a role to play by respecting the law and becoming engaged in civic duties for the well-being of this country. “
Madam Landgren also called on UN Peacekeepers to be vigilant, stating, “As UN peacekeepers, you represent the United Nations during and outside working hours. Your actions as peacekeepers should always remain professional and respectful.
The UN seeks to set an example, through all of us. We can do this by preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, respecting and promoting human rights, and in taking good care of the environment. I count on all of us to live up to these expectations.”