Monrovia, Liberia - Two hundred and thirty-nine Nepalese Formed Police and Military Peacekeepers received peacekeeping medals in honor of their contributions to enhancing the rule and law in Liberia. Speaking to the Contingent members, UN Envoy, Ellen Margrethe Løj commended them for their disciplined response to prison security, anti-robbery night operations, and crowd control in collaboration with the Liberia National Police.
In her remarks, Ms. Løj stated that the celebration of peacekeeping accomplishments served as an occasion to reflect on our "collective goal of securing peace and stability in Liberia, while knowing that there are still challenges ahead."
Ms. Loj further expressed her appreciation for the Contingents' outreach activities, which include a health outreach to 104 children and 23 staff members of Calvary Orphanage Mission Home; and four cleanup drives of the seashore near Camp Everest in the Freeport.
Acknowledging their contributions to peace in Liberia, she referred to the widely held universal notion that all actions - good or bad - have consequences and said, "You have worked hard to earn these medals. This is your good Karma."
Present at the ceremony were senior UNMIL Military, Police and Civilian Officials, including Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Rule of Law, Ms. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu; Acting UNPOL Commissioner, Mr. Gautam Sawang, and the Director of Mission Support, Mr. Stephen Lieberman. Inspector-General of the Nepalese Armed Police Force, Mr. Krishna Bahadur Bista travelled from Nepal to witness the ceremony and assess the work of the country's peacekeepers.