The members of the United Nations Security Council have congratulated the Liberian people and government, as well as political leaders, civil society organizations and the media for the peaceful conduct of the December 26 runoff presidential election.
They also congratulated the two candidates for the responsible conduct of their campaigns.
The members of the Security Council commended Liberia’s National Elections Commission, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia for their preparation and execution of the runoff election and for their efforts to address the issues from the October 10 legislative and presidential elections, according to a UN release from New York.
The members of the Security Council further expressed appreciation to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), and all international, regional, and domestic election observation missions for their contributions to the transparency of the electoral process and timely assessments. The members expressed their appreciation for the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Farid Zarif, and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for ‘continued assistance and good offices’ through the electoral process.
The Security Council furthermore noted the importance of the upcoming political transition and commended the active engagement between the outgoing and incoming administrations leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Weah.
They noted the significance of the first peaceful transfer of power between democratically elected leaders in Liberia in over 70 years.
The members encouraged the incoming Government of Liberia, and the United Nations, including UNMIL, to continue to coordinate closely on the transfer of responsibilities, taking into account UNMIL’s closure at the expiration of its final mandate extension on March 30, 2018, as set out in Resolution 2333 (2016).
The members of the Security Council encouraged the continued engagement of the international community and donors to assist Liberia’s continued efforts to achieve sustainable peace, including in support of the commitments made in the Liberia Peace Building Plan, the release said.