Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 October 2008

Liberia / Exhibit high degree of discipline to achieve remaining challenges, UN Envoy tells UNMIL personnel



Liberia / Exhibit high degree of discipline to achieve remaining challenges, UN Envoy tells UNMIL personnel


MONROVIA, Liberia, October 26, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN Envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj says personnel of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) must continue to exercise a high degree of discipline to successfully carry out the Mission’s mandate. Ms. Løj made this statement when she awarded UN peacekeeping medals to 268 officers of the UNMIL Jordanian Medical Contingent for their contribution towards the maintenance of peace and stability in Liberia.


Assuring Liberians of the United Nations’ commitment in maintaining peace and stability in Liberia, the UN Envoy said, “the Security Council has mandated us to consolidate the gains achieved so far, and to tackle the remaining challenges including support for the rule of law and building the capacity of national institutions.” In order to achieve this, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) added that, “we must assist the people of Liberia to rebuild their country and regain confidence in their future; we must do it by showing our respect for Liberians, in every way we conduct ourselves during our stay in Liberia; and we must always demonstrate the best behaviour and high professionalism in our work and carry out our duties with dignity.”


Commending the Jordanians for their valuable medical services to UN personnel and Liberians, Ms. Løj noted that the Jordanian Medical Contingent has been providing medical services to the Mission since late 2003. Since that time, up to 30 April 2008, they have treated a total of 48,245 patients. These patients, some with complex conditions, were treated through their Level III Hospital. Multiple medical outreach programs were also carried out by the Jordanians in remote areas where medical services are almost non-existent. They also provided humanitarian assistance to school children and established playgrounds for them.


Contingent Commander, Colonel Omar Al-Ziod congratulated the recipients of the medals who were doctors, nurses, administrative and support officers. “We urge them to continue their duty with a high standard of professionalism until the end of their mission in Liberia,” Col. Al-Ziod said. He expressed his appreciation for the presence of the UNMIL senior leadership at the medal award ceremony and hoped that the UN will continue its peacekeeping and development duties in Liberia.


The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Rule of Law), Ms. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu; UNMIL Force Commander, Lieutenant-General Abu Tayeb Muhammad Zahirul Alam; UNMIL Deputy Force Commander, Major-General Carl Modey; UNMIL Military Chief of Staff, Brigadier-General Emmanuel Quist; Director of Mission Support, Mr. Stephen Lieberman, and other senior military and civilian personnel of UNMIL attended the ceremony.



SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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