The UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, has said that UNMIL will not deceive Liberia in this current Ebola crisis. He noted that they have invested a lot over the years to bring back peace and security to Liberia and West Africa.
“We are not leaving Liberia. We are here to stay on course to help the people of Liberia and their neighbors throughout this crisis,” he said.
He emphasized that a peacekeeping mission is not a public health operation. “This is not what we are trained for,” noting that it is true UNMIL is also in Liberia to support the country as it has worked to solve the root causes of a very long crisis.
Mr. Ladsous made these assertions last Thursday, September 11, at a press conference held at the UNMIL headquarters in Monrovia.
"Even though the epidemic is an unprecedented proportion, we know what to do and how to support the World Health Organizations in developing its work. But achieving the goals of the UN would require massive support from the international community. That would be one of the aims of the high-level meeting in New York to muster increased financial and political support."
The UN envoy disclosed that UNMIL’s decision to support Liberia’s fight against Ebola is because the government has worked and is working hard to find the root causes of the problem and is sourcing solutions to curb them.
Ladsous reiterated calls on countries that are shutting down their airlines, airports and seaports to affected countries to reconsider their decisions as these are not the proper ways to end the spread of the disease.
Mr. Ladsous said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has also announced plans to convene a major event during the opening of the UN General Assembly to draw further attention to the matter.
He then commended UNMIL and its leadership for their efforts to assist the Government during the outbreak.