Committed UN Police Force needed to strengthen Liberia National Police

from UN Mission in Liberia
Published on 15 Dec 2008 View Original

Monrovia, Liberia - UN Envoy Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj has said that in addressing the challenges in strengthening the rule of law in Liberia, UNMIL still needs a committed police force to continue to build the capacity of the Liberia National Police (LNP). She made these remarks during a ceremony to honour the Nepalese peacekeeping contingent for their role in strengthening the rule of law in Liberia.

"Building sustainable peace in Liberia is at the core of our mandate. And empowering Liberians to do so is our goal," she said as she commended them for efforts to support the Liberia LNP and for their commitment to humanitarian outreach to communities. The contingent has undertaken medical outreach programmes as well as building bridges and roads in Liberia. "These will all have an impact on Liberians as they strive for the development of LIBERIA," the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) added.

Ms. Løj also noted that as UNMIL scales down the military, the Mission aims to implement the Secretary-General's recommendation made to the Security Council in August 2008 "to boost the presence of United Nations Police (UNPOL) in Liberia".

She urged the Nepalese awardees and all other UNPOL to "continue working hard to ensure that the Liberian police force develop the confidence they need to take up the baton as UNMIL departs. Your presence will still be necessary to ensure that Liberia remains safe and secure, while the society is being stabilized."

Attending the ceremony, among others, were Lieutenant General ATM Zahirul Alam, UNMIL Force Chief of Staff Commander Brig.Gen E C Quist, UNPOL Commissioner, Mr. Henrik Stiernblad, Director of Mission Support, Mr. Stephen Lieberman, Commander Shrestha, Nepal Formed Police Unit 1 Commander Kunwar, Nepal Formed Police Unit 2, and Commander Adhikari, Nepal Military Police.