Security Council Wants Liberia Prioritize Nat’l Reconciliation

untitled-1The UN Security Council has urged the Government of Liberia to prioritize national reconciliation and economic recovery, combat corruption and promote efficiency and good governance.

The Council said the nation should promote efficient and good governance in particular, by continuing to strengthen transparency and accountability by effectively managing the country’s natural resources for the benefit of all and the people of Liberia.

The Council emphasized in its Resolution 2333 (2016), adopted recently to extend for a final period the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until March 30, 2018, the importance of pursuing a national reconciliation and social cohesion strategy to promote national healing.

It also highlighted the need to institute concrete measures to promote justice and reconciliation at all levels and involving all Liberian stakeholders, stressing the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building.

The Council, in the resolution underscored the need for extended efforts by the Government of Liberia to address the root causes of conflict, reinvigorate national and local reconciliation processes, promote land reform and advance constitutional and institutional reforms.

This, according to the resolution, is essential especially as it relates to reform in the rule of law and security sector as well as to combat sexual and gender-based violence thereby building trust between

Liberian citizens and state institutions and processes.
According to the resolution, the UN Security Council also urged the Liberian Government to prioritize resources for critical gaps to improve the capacity and capability of the Liberia National Police and the Immigration Services.

It also called on the Government of Liberia to prioritize the need for improvement in the justice sector, including courts and prisoners, enabling the promotion of human rights and reconciliation, effective oversight, professionalism, transparency and accountability, among others.

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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.