Senate Tests Brown’s Foreign Policy Acumen

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Mr. Lewis Brown, Liberia’s permanent representative-designate to the United Nations (UN) has declared that, if confirmed, he will ensure that the country’s representation is felt and be rewarding at the world body.

As a founding member of the United Nations, Brown recalled, Liberia played a prominent role in decision making. He promised that he, like his predecessor the new Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara, will re-echo the trumpet of his country’s return to take its rightful place, saying, “We are back.”

Brown made the statement yesterday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Chambers of the Senate.

Brown, former Minister of Information, showered praises on his predecessor and promised to add meaningfully to her success story. He also assured the committee, headed by Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, that his mission at the UN will be based on what the citizens’ dictate, allaying a Senator’s fear that he may repeat his performance when he was Information Minister, and “concentrate on promoting the executive.”

On the stand he will take if the issue of global terrorism comes for discussion, Brown said Liberia, as a member of the global peace keeping effort, will do what she is currently doing in the troubled West African state of Mali by working with affected countries and, if necessary, give manpower assistance.

He promised to work at both regional and continental levels with respect to recent calls for the inclusion of more countries, especially third-world countries on the powerful UN Security Council.

On the question of the calls to halt the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) final departure from the country in June, Brown recalled that arrangement was being concluded for a residual force, which will be stationed in neighboring Ivory Coast for rapid deployment as deemed necessary.

On the 2017 presidential and elective elections, Brown asserted that only Liberians can make an election free and fair, and not the international community.

“We have over the years made progress in our electoral areas and we should celebrate, but sometimes we feel too timid to accept that,” he stated.

Brown, amidst laughter from both committee members and audience at the hearing made a passionate plea for the Senate to confirm the President’s decision that, saying, “I am the best choice for this job now.”

With his interactions with the committee members, it may not be a surprise if his confirmation recommendation is placed on the agenda for today’s sitting, a Senate source said.

Madam Marjon Kamara served as Liberia’s permanent representative from October 8, 2009, until her recent appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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