Departing Head of the EU Delegation in Liberia, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici
‘So Many Opportunities, Many Issues Unresolved,’ EU Envoy
MONROVIA, November 29 (LINA) - The departing Head of the EU Delegation in Liberia, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, has said during his five years in Liberia, there have been so many opportunities to talk, understand and act.
But, he said, undoubtedly many more opportunities have been missed and many issues unresolved.
“I am sure we will find a more effective way to bring together what Liberia needs with what Europe can offer in a way which is of mutual benefit and interest,” he stressed.
The EU envoy added that Europe has a lot to offer and the crisis both parties are going through, in different ways, can help bring both parties closer together than ever before.”
The departing EU head said the Liberia-EU Dialogue is supposed to offer the perfect avenue to address any issue and to understand each other better, but it has not gone according to plan.
An Executive Mansion release said the Ambassador made the statement during the Investiture Ceremony and Farewell Reception held in his honor at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia on Thursday, November 27.
“We have to find a better, more interesting, and useful way to hold our dialogue,” he said, suggesting a less formal, more focused and more restricted forum.
Ambassador Pacifici noted that his mission here, by definition, remains largely unaccomplished as few things have been done, while far more are still pending.
He urged President Sirleaf to accord the same treatment to his successor, Ambassador-designate, EU Head of Delegation, Ms. Tiina Intelmann.
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Development Planning, National Elections Commission, General Auditing Commission, Liberia Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission, Liberia Electricity Corporation, among others, presented gifts to Ambassador Pacifici, thanking him for initiatives through which most of these entities benefited.