Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara
FM Kamara Hails EU For Training Liberians In CBRN Defence
By Stephen N. Sonpon, Intern
MONROVIA, July 11 (LINA) – Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara says the timely training of Liberians in Chemical Biological Radiation Nuclear defence
(CBRN) is demonstrative and relevant as it coincides with the end of the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) security mandate in the country.
The training was conducted by the European Union (EU) Center of Excellence of the African Atlantic Façade Region.
CBRN defence is protective measures taken in situations in which chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear warfare (including terrorism) hazards may be present.
She stated that the handing over officially of security responsibility for the protection of the national territorial integrity, citizens, and foreign residents alike to the Liberian government is a clear indication that Liberia is prepared to take over its security role.
Minister Kamara’s statement was contained in a speech delivered on her behalf by Deputy Foreign Minister for International Corporation and Economic Integration Dehpue Y. Zuo over the weekend at the close of a four-day capacity building workshop for CBRN Liberia National Team on crisis preparedness, response recovery and governance in Monrovia.
According to Foreign Minister Kamara, the training validates EU’s commitment under the state building contract entered into by and between the Government of Liberia and the European Union on May 11, 2015.
She underscored that the training validation also constitutes an integral part of the EU cooperation program set to provide budgetary and technical support to Liberia, which emphasizes critical health services, judicial and security reforms and services.
"...the need to fully appreciate this training cannot be overemphasized, knowing the degree of inadequate infrastructures, poor hygiene conditions and insufficient disease surveillance system that exposed our region to epidemics," Kamara indicated, adding, "It is understood that Ebola is a CBRN concern that falls within the B component of the CBRN continuum."
She added that Liberia's resilience and resolve helped to combat the Ebola Virus Disease which engulfed the three West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, adding "having defeated this virus through collaborative national effort, Liberian public health officers are proud and willing to showcase lessons learnt with other member states of the Center of Excellence."
She said the upsurge in the number of faith-based extremist organizations with divergent national and international agenda foster the vision of a CBRN terrorist incident by the international community as an imminent threat to world peace and security.
The Liberian foreign minister thanked the EU Center of Excellence of the African Atlantic Facade for making available its experts for the training, adding, "To the Liberian National CBRN Team, I will encourage you to keep on the hard work while admonishing you of the immense challenges ahead of mitigating CBRN risks nationwide."