Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2008

Liberia / Continue to uphold discipline, integrity and professionalism, UN Envoy urges UNMIL’s military top brass


Liberia / Continue to uphold discipline, integrity and professionalism, UN Envoy urges UNMIL’s military top brass


MONROVIA, Liberia, August 28, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN Envoy in Liberia, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, has urged senior military officials and commanders of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to continue upholding discipline, integrity and professionalism among all military personnel serving in Liberia. Ms. Løj was addressing the officers during a monthly UNMIL Military Conference hosted by Acting Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Carl Modey, at the Pakistani Military Engineers Base in Margibi County.


“In the eyes of civilians, soldiers are always associated with discipline, integrity and professionalism, and I count on you to ensure that each and every UN peacekeeper wearing the military uniform in UNMIL adhere to these core values,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) said. She also urged all military personnel serving the mission in Liberia to live up to their responsibilities in this regard and commended them for their good work in Liberia. “You are the backbone of what we are doing here in Liberia,” she added.


The Force Commander’s Conference brings together UNMIL’s Military Chief of Staff, sector commanders, senior military observers and staff officers from across the country, to review their activities, identify challenges and set new objectives and targets in support of the UN’s mandate in Liberia.


With the second stage of UNMIL’s troop drawdown phase expected to begin in October 2008, the UN Envoy reminded military personnel that there is work still to be done in Liberia and the troops must continue serving with honour and dignity and be role models for the personnel of the new Armed Forces of Liberia. “They will copy the good examples of UNMIL soldiers in exhibiting discipline, integrity and professionalism”.


Acting UNMIL Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Carl Modey, said this month’s Conference has assessed the extent to which the Military has achieved its civilian-military coordination. This, he said will help identify where extra support is needed in building the capacity of Liberians through quick impact projects. Other issues discussed included preparations for the implementation of second stage of the drawdown and any possible assistance to the UN mission in Cote d’Ivoire, ONUCI if necessary during that country’s coming elections.


Attending the conference were the UNMIL Military Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Emmanuel Quist, Director of Mission Support, Mr. Stephen Lieberman, Chief of Administrative Services, Ms. Stephani Scheer, UNMIL Sector Commanders from across Liberia, senior staff officers and military observers and other UNMIL officials.



SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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