Liberia: UN Police Commissioner says Fiji Police upholding UN Police core values, awards UN medals

from UN Mission in Liberia
Published on 18 May 2009 View Original

Monrovia, Liberia - The UN Police Commissioner in Liberia - Mr. Henrik Stiernblad, has assured Liberians of the continued support of UN Mission in Liberia - UNMIL - in strengthening the country's security forces, particularly the Liberia National Police, to cope with post-conflict challenges such as combating violent crimes and unrests. Mr. Stiernblad made these remarks when he awarded UN peacekeeping medals to 28 Fiji UN Police Officers for their services to UNMIL.

Commissioner Stiernblad reiterated the support of UNMIL and its partners in the UN system in enabling the country regain its place in the community of nations, stating that: "Liberians will have to work hard to sustain the peace it has that we supported over the years. The job is not over; we have laid the foundation, but Liberia will have to solidify the peace to prevent a slide back into conflict". He added that this will ensure that Liberian security forces are strengthened to deal with both internal and external security threats as the country moves towards recovery, rehabilitation and development.

The UNPOL Commissioner praised the Fiji Police Contingent on their significant contribution to international peacekeeping, coupled with their commitment in upholding the UN Police core values of compassion, integrity, respect, excellence and courage. "Fiji Police advisers have played key roles in the implementation of the Liberia National Police Strategic Plan that provides a road map to develop the LNP organization; and involvement in joint capacity building initiatives, which have greatly helped in supporting the LNP achieve its strategic objectives", Commissioner Stiernblad told the Fiji Police officers.

He urged all peacekeepers - uniformed, as well as civilians - to perform their duties with the utmost respect for the people and communities they serve. "All our contribution and sacrifice will easily be tarnished and diminished by any act of indiscipline and bad behaviour particularly sexual exploitation and abuse," Mr. Stiernblad said. "Each and every one of us must strictly observe the Secretary-General's policy of Zero-Tolerance against SEA. We must work, individually and collectively, to guard against it and I urge all commanders and senior managers to take this responsibility seriously", he emphasized.

He paid tribute to Contingent Commander, Senior Superintendent of Police Krishna Naidu, for his leadership, and the men and women of the Fiji UNPOL Contingent, for effectively carrying out their duties. Senior Superintendent Naidu attributed the success of their mission in Liberia to the support provided by the UNMIL leadership and fellow UNPOL colleagues and expressed thanks and appreciation for the assistance.

Fiji first started contributing to UN peacekeeping in 1989, when it sent its first batch of UN Police Officers to Namibia. Since then, it has contributed peacekeepers to Lebanon, Sinai, Iraq, Cambodia, Angola, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Sudan, Darfur and here in Liberia.