UN Official Assures Safeguards In UNMIL Drawdown Scheme

The U.N. under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsou, has restated that the decision of the Security Council is to conduct the drawdown of UN troops in a prudent manner to avoid undermining the gains made so far in Liberia.
Ladsou, who expressed confidence in Liberia's transition process, noted that the ongoing U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown testifies to the progress that Liberia continues to make in its development since the end of the conflict.
A dispatch from the Liberian Mission at the U.N. in New York said Ladsou made the statement when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid him a courtesy call at the U.N. headquarters.
President Sirleaf also had a brief meeting with the under-Secretary General and Executive Director of U. N. Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibe, who expressed support for Liberia's recovery program and commended the Liberian Government and people for the bold and courageous stance against the Ebola virus.
The Liberian Chief Executive and the leaders of Guinea and Sierra Leone are in New York to participate in the UN-sponsored High-Level Conference to rally international support for the recovery processes in the three countries worst-affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.


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