Mr Lacroix and delegation meet President Sirleaf
Top French Foreign Ministry Official Visits Liberia
MONROVIA, March 13 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received in audience Mr.Jean-Pierre Lacroix, a senior official of the French Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Mr. Lacroix, is the Director of the United Nations Organizations, International Organizations, Human Rights and Francophone Directorate of the French Foreign Ministry.
He was in the country to follow-up on the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown as well as Liberia’s peace-building processes.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf welcomed Mr. Lacroix to Liberia Friday on his mission to review the ongoing drawdown process and seek the country’s view on the process thus far.
She pointed out that the process has moved very well so far, but acknowledged that there have been constraints and challenges, which are being worked on.
The Liberian leader named some of challenges as urban congestion and youth unemployment, having security implications that must be given attention as the drawdown and peace-building processes continue.
President Sirleaf also told the visiting French diplomat that the
Liberian Government is also keen on accelerating the training of more personnel of the Liberia National Police.
In remarks, Mr. Lacroix indicated that the visit to Liberia was in
view of the ongoing drawdown of UNMIL and has already met with several stakeholders, including the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Liberia.
He pointed out that the UN is keen on having Liberia among its success stories with regards to peacekeeping and peace-building and thanked President Sirleaf for leading the process efficiently.
He paid tribute to Liberia for its involvement in maintaining peace in Mali, adding that this has made the country to be among the global providers of security.
He assured that the UN will ensure the establishment of a Standby Force that will respond to crisis that may arise in the wake of the drawdown of UNMIL.
“We are interested on working with Liberia to sustain the gains that have been made,” concluded Mr. Lacroix, who was accompanied to President Sirleaf by the French Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador Joel Godeau and Mr. Mohammed Bouabdallah of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.