The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in West Africa, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has reaffirmed the UN’s continued support to Liberia when the mission in Liberia (UNMIL) completes its drawdown.
Chambas disclosed that discussions are ongoing at the level of the Security Council and other relevant decision-making bodies of the UN on an exit strategy that will take due account of the realities and developments in Liberia, including the 2017 General and Presidential elections.
Delivering the keynote address at an international symposium held at the Monrovia City Hall Thursday, Chambas reminded Liberians to be cognizant of the fragility of the peace in the country as UNMIL’s tenure comes to an end, and stressed the need for measures to be put in place to face the challenges ahead.
Held under the theme: “The state of democratic governance and development in West Africa and challenges,” the symposium was organized by well-wishers of Liberia’s former interim leader, Dr. Amos Claudius Nagbe Sawyer, to commemorate his 70th birth anniversary.
Speaking further, Chambas noted that Liberia has a large population of youths who are hoping to benefit from the dividends of peace and as such the sensitive issue at Liberia’s borders calls for the governments to individually or in a regional framework take steps to address cross-border challenges.
“From the establishment of the UN Peace Building Support Office in Liberia in 1997 to the deployment of UNMIL in 2003, the UN has consistently stood on the side of the good people of Liberia,” he noted.
Chambas then lauded Dr. Sawyer for exhibiting great leadership and scholarly legacy which, according to him, will serve as a repository of knowledge to be used as a valuable point of reference for students and politicians everywhere.