The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will keep a “resilient force” in the country following its drawdown in June this year.
The force will be Nigerian-dominated if ongoing discussions prove fruitful, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has disclosed.
He was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between registered political parties and the National Elections Commission (NEC) held Friday at the NEC headquarters.
Minister Nagbe said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has held talks with her regional counterparts with high possibilities to that effect.
According to him, the resilient force will be an addition to the “Rapid Response Force” that will be based in neighboring Ivory Coast.
He assured, however, that upon the UNMIL drawdown, the security of the state will rest in the hands of the national security apparatus backed by both the Rapid Response Force and the UNMIL resilient force.
He added that in spite of the difficult financial situation, government has committed resources to the comprehensive security plan.
Minister Nagbe also indicated that plans for scaling down the UNMIL troops are progressing well as the national security apparatus is being trained and logistics procured to ensure that Liberia takes over fully from UNMIL.
The Information Ministry boss wants every Liberian to continue to work towards the strengthening of the country’s democracy through active participation.
“No one side, whether government, international partners, political actors or the common people, alone can deliver on this matter (security) rather than it being collective,” he stressed.