‘Take UNMIL Drawdown As Good Sign’ – Chinese Envoy

FLASHBACK: Liberian Leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Chinese Ambassador to Liberia
FLASHBACK: Liberian Leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Chinese Ambassador to Liberia

(LINA) – Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, has admonished Liberians to take the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as ‘a good sign.”

He indicated that the security situation in Liberia has been improved and the peacekeeping ability enhanced.

Amb. Zhang made the statement Friday when the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China handed over equipment, including 150 units of equipment and instrument for transportation, engineering, logistics, and medical treatment donated by the Chinese peacekeepers to the Liberian government.

“We are glad to see the Liberian government and people have strengthened its anti-epidemic capacity through the battle against Ebola in the past few years,” he noted.

The Chinese diplomat said he has every reason to believe that Liberia will also make history in the peace-building and economic recovery processes of the country.

Ambassador Zhang disclosed that though some of the Chinese peacekeepers are leaving Liberia, the Chinese Formed Police Unit (FPU) and part of the transportation and engineering contingents will stay until the end of the general and presidential elections in 2017.

“And most importantly, the Chinese Embassy will continue to render assistance to the peace-building process of Liberia in terms of capacity- building and material assistance,” envoy Zhang noted.

He emphasized that the People’s Republic of China takes the Liberian people urgent need as their assistance priorities aimed at bringing tangible benefits to them.

Zhang reiterated that the donation of the equipment to the Liberian government was a token of the Sino-Liberia friendship, adding, “In China we believe the key to sound relations between states lies in the affinity between their peoples.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.