Liberian Military Receives Arns Making Machine

The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA) has turned over a weapon marking equipment to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

This is in line with a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of National Defense and LNCSA recently.

The hand-over ceremony, which was held at the Edward Beyan Kesselly Barracks on Tuesday, May 26, brought together representatives of the Defense Ministry, the AFL, LINCSA and United Nations Mission in Liberia.

In remarks, the Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, Colonel Prince C. Johnson, III, thanked LINCSA for availing to the AFL the arms marking machine as a positive step in making his organization accountable for the arms being used and for easy tracing.

Making the presentation on behalf of LINCSA, Commissioner Benoni Knuckles said he was pleased that the United Nations through UNMIL could witness the ceremony which marks the beginning of accounting for small arms and light weapons being used by the AFL.

He, however, noted that the machine would be used on a rotational basis from one security entity to the next.

Also speaking, Michael Page, the UNMIL advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, described the ceremony as an important step in lifting the arms embargo on Liberia.

Deputy Defense Minister Saint Jerome Larbelee expressed optimism that the departure of UNMIL from Liberia will not be a dooms day for Liberia.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Knuckles, on behalf of LINCSA, has presented a desk top computer and accessories to the AFL for permanent use.

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