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UN To Make Important Decisions On UNMIL Stay In Liberia - Official
By Joseph Toe
MONROVIA, August 26 (LINA) -The UN Security Council is expected to make important decisions shortly on the future of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) presence in Liberia, an official of the UN Peace-building Commission on Liberia (UNPCL).
UNPCL chairman Joakim Vaverka, who is also Sweden’s Permanent Representative to the UN, made the disclosure in his briefing of the Security Council on Liberia’s situation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Thursday.
Although the UN diplomat did not disclose the specifics of those decisions, he made it clear that the world body has a responsibility to focus attention on Liberia during and beyond UNMIL’s transition by mobilizing financial and political support.
On UNPCL’s role in the process, Vaverka said: “The Commission would provide advice on longer-term peace-building needs and priorities and convene a multi-stakeholder forum to discuss peace-building priorities.”
According to him, the Liberian Government and the Commission launched the revised Statement of Mutual Commitments on peace-building in Liberia in May this year, outlining priority actions over the next two years.
A UN release issued in Monrovia Friday said he indicated that the Commission would continue to promote national reconciliation, security sector development and strengthening of the rule of law.
According to Vaverka, the Commission will also follow-up on conversations with national interlocutors regarding good governance, employment generation, equal treatment of ethnic and religious groups, and on the need to build trust between the security sector and citizens.
Vaveka noted that in the months ahead, the Commission would pay special attention to preparations for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections by engaging the National Elections Commission and the Governance Commission.
He added that the Commission would also pay close attention to reconciliation which, according to him, the Government has described as a multi-dimensional process of overcoming social, political and religious divisions; healing physical and psychological wounds from the civil war; and confronting historical and structural wrongs.
“This cuts to the core of addressing root causes of conflict,” he pointed out, noting that the Commission was committed to helping in that pursuit.
“By addressing critical factors early, it would ensure that dispute resolution mechanisms were in place and that regular dialogue channels between security forces and the Government were supported,” he said.