LIBERIA: Govt., UNMIL Meet In Grand Gedeh Over Troops Drawdown

Top Liberian government officials and the U. N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) are expected to converge in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County Friday to discuss the impending departure of the Nigerian Contingent from the town.
Those expected to attend the meeting are Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Immigration Commissioner Lemuel Reeves and Police Inspector General Chris Massaquoi as well as all commissioners of Grand Gedeh County.
Addressing the Ministry of Information press briefing Thursday, Deputy Information Minister Isaac W. Jackson said the meeting is to raise awareness among local residents and contain any possible fear over the departure of NIBATT 34.
Jackson pointed out that the departure of UNMIL indicates government’s readiness and preparedness to administer the affairs of the country effectively without peacekeepers.
“It indicates our maturity after 10 years of peace, considering the level of support we have gotten from our international partners,” he added.
This is part of the gradual drawdown of UNMIL Peacekeeping Troops which is expected to end in June 2016.


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