LIBERIA: UNMIL Boss Wants LNP, BIN Prepared For Security Transition

The Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) must be strengthened to assume responsibility for state security when the UN troops leave, a U.N. official has said.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Karin Landgren, made the statement during a meeting with managers of media institutions in Monrovia recently.
The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is expected to pull out by the end of June 2016, after over a decade of keeping the peace in post-war Liberia.
She said the Government of Liberia bears primary and ultimate responsibility for security and the protection of its citizens, and so security needs must be a high priority on its agenda.
Landgren noted that in this light the government is working on a transition plan for building the most urgently-needed national capacity before the final handover of security responsibility by UNMIL.
“The momentum is excellent, thanks in no small part to the Minister of Justice, Benedict Sannoh, and also Dr. Thomas Jaye, a distinguished Liberian working with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, who are taking this national plan forward,” she added.
The SGSR pointed out that UNMIL continues to support institutional strengthening of the police in areas such as leadership and management capacity, professional standards, oversight and financial accountability.
She encouraged Liberians to approach the transition with the same determination, consultation and pride with which they have brought Ebola to the brink of extinction.
“I encourage the media to report critically on the transition in a constructive way that highlights both shortcomings and successes,” she told the media managers.

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