Supreme Court Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor
Chief Justice Renews Call To Keep UNMIL For 2017 Elections
By Comfort M. Johnson, LINA
MONROVIA, September 18 (LINA) – Supreme Court Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has re-iterated his call for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to stay to provide security during the 2017general elections.
UNMIL, which is drawing down its troops from Liberia, is scheduled to depart the country in June 2016.
The Chief Justice indicated that UNMIL’s presence in the country during the forthcoming elections will help guide the process and ensure peace and stability.
Justice Korkpor made the call when the new Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations, Farid Zarif, paid him a courtesy visit at the Temple of Justice Thursday.
Speaking to a team of judicial reporters at the Supreme Court following the meeting with the new SRSG, Korkpor said Zarif is in the country to take over from the current SRSG, Karin Landgren.
Chief Justice Korkpor maintained that he wants some form of UNMIL presence in the country as security advisors prior to the 2017 elections.
He pointed out that the numerous contributions UNMIL has made in the country are key reasons why they should remain until the elections are over, adding, “It is good for UNMIL to leave, but not at once.”
According to the Chief Justice, the new SRSG has pledged his commitment to work with the Judicial Branch of Liberia during the duration of his stay in the country.