President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has informed the visiting UN delegation that the country’s greatest challenge is to ensure the holding of free, fair, transparent, credible and violence-free elections in 2017.
“It will be a test for peace, security, stability and the commitment to move the country to another level of progress, peace and stability. The high level of interventions made bilaterally and by the private sector needs to be secured and protected,” President Sirleaf said.
She pointed out that the 2017 elections must be successful because the country’s future is at stake, stressing that the country cannot do it alone.
She noted that the country will still look up to the United Nations as its best partner.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking recently when she received a High-level UN Security Council Assessment delegation at her office in Monrovia.
The delegation was led by Mr. El Ghassim Wane, Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations.
She told the delegation that Liberia has gone through over 13 years of reconstruction with a lot of progress made, including the maintenance of peace, despite the many challenges the country has faced.
She expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the UN in the training and rebuilding of the security sector and acknowledged that in spite of the many challenges, Liberian security forces are well-trained and ready to take over the security of the nation, noting that this brings confidence despite the fragility to the security and post-conflict situation.
President Sirleaf described the rise in global terrorism as a new development that must be given due attention because of its security implications.
She admitted that it will be important for Liberia to at some point end dependence on peacekeeping mission, but advised that the last step toward such end is crucial and critical.
The Liberian leader then called on the United Nations Mission in Liberia to leave behind strong capacity for the national security forces.