Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 December 2008

UN Envoy says more efforts needed to deal with Liberia’s security challenges



UN Envoy says more efforts needed to deal with Liberia’s security challenges


MONROVIA, Liberia, December 22, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN Envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj has underscored the need to redouble efforts in supporting the Government of Liberia to deal with the challenges of armed robberies, mob violence, rape crimes and rubber theft. She made this remark during a medal award ceremony, held in honor of 27 Staff Officers and 49 Military Observers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia – UNMIL.


“It is my hope that you will continue to work hard and show dedication, so that we can continue to provide the necessary assistance and expertise to help find solutions to these challenges,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG).


Ms. Loj commended the Military Observers for their dedication, hard work and professionalism, and said, “You often serve in difficult conditions and in remote areas, patrolling and conducting regular assessments on the security, social and economic situation,” and added that their dedication and hard work enables UNMIL to reach Liberians in many remote areas.


She further noted that Staff Officers act as the principal advisers to the Force Commander and help to direct all military operations, and affirmed them for their role in “providing intelligence, communications and engineering advice and coordination support to Military Observers.” Staff Officers also coordinate medical services, public information, and provide advice on legal and military justice.


Attending the ceremony, among others, were Deputy Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Carl Modey, UNMIL Force Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen E C Quist, Director of Mission Support, Mr. Stephen Lieberman, and senior UNMIL Military and Civilian Officials.




SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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