As UNMIL quits, Liberia’s Defense Minister Assures Nat’l security

Liberia's Defense Minister addressing soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)
Liberia’s Defense Minister addressing soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai, has assured the international community of Liberia’s readiness to shoulder national security in post UNMIL environment.

Minister Samukai told the UN Peace Building Annual Session in New York that the Transition Plan began several months ago.

Minister Samukai said: “The Liberian Government remains committed to the implementation of the Plan in collaboration with the global community to sustain peace and stability in Liberia.”

According to a dispatch, Minister Samukai gave the assurance Thursday, June 23, 2016 when he served as Keynote Speaker at the  UN Peace Building Annual Session held at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Liberian Defense Minister noted: “Despite the critical challenges in the transition process, characterized by inadequate resources, technical competencies, the overall drawdown of UNMIL is on track.”

He expressed gratitude to the international community and the UN subsidiary organs, including the Peace Building Commission, for its continued support to Liberia’s peace process.

Minister Samukai described the economic and security transition processes leading to the current state of affairs in the country as effective and vigorous.

He praised the resilience and commitment of the Liberian people to peace, and the quality of leadership provided by President Ellen Sirleaf.

The mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) expires June 30, 2016 .The UN took over from the Nigerian Vanguard Force during the height of the Liberian Civil Conflict in 2003.

The world body is being credited for its meaningful role in the attainment of peace and stability in Liberia over the years.

As a founding member, Liberia-UN relations have accrued rewarding dividends as evidenced by its swift intervention into the Liberian crisis.

The relations have also been translated into service delivery with the deployment of a UN-backed Liberian army currently on a peacekeeping mission in the West African state of Mali.

The United Nations was founded on October 24, 1945 in New York, the United States, with the aim of protecting member states from external threats and promoting world peace and security.

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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.