Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 June 2010

UN Deputy Envoy commends Nepalese peacekeepers for their contribution to the re-establishment of the Rule of Law in Liberia




UN Deputy Envoy commends Nepalese peacekeepers for their contribution to the re-establishment of the Rule of Law in Liberia



MONROVIA, Liberia, June 28, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu has commended peacekeepers from the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal for their contribution to Liberia’s peace process. She particularly singled out their contribution to re-establishing the rule of law. She made the remarks at the medal award ceremony in Monrovia to decorate the 255 members of the Nepalese peacekeepers (240 Formed Police and 15 Military Police) who will soon end their tour of duty in Liberia.


Paying tribute to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal for its continued long-standing and substantial contribution to peacekeeping operations around the world since 1958, the UN Envoy noted that this year marks the fifty-second year that Nepal has actively participated in UN peace-keeping operations.


DSRSG Mensa-Bonsu highlighted the achievements by the peacekeepers, including support to the Liberia National Police and UN Police in curbing criminal activities and potential violent public disorder; joint patrols with the Liberian National Police; and provision of security at the Free Port of Liberia. Noting the professional skills they have transferred to their Liberian counterparts through working together in joint operation tasks, the DSRSG told the peacekeepers, “You have lived according to your maxim, Any Task, Any Time and Any Place.”


Singling out the four female peacekeepers among them, she thanked them for taking advantage of the proportional representation policy that Nepal has implemented, and challenged them to encourage other women to follow in their footsteps. “I charge you as ‘envoys’ to encourage your fellow Nepalese women to do the same and follow in your footsteps,” she stated. DSRSG Mensa-Bonsu remarked that the policy should not only result in the increased recruitment of women in peacekeeping, but should serve as an example to other countries.


The UN Deputy Envoy commended the Nepalese FPU Contingent Commander, SP Raju Suwal and the Commanding Officer of the Nepalese Military Police, Maj. Meenraj Tiwari, for their inspiring leadership which enabled the peacekeepers to carry out CIMIC activities in communities, in addition to their core duties of supporting the mission. “You have all won the hearts and minds of the people in your communities and contributed to further strengthening relations between UNMIL and the Liberian people,” she said, adding that they had given back to Liberians “a sense of hope for the future, a vision for the way forward.”


Noting the progress that has been made since 2003, DSRSG Mensa-Bonsu re-emphasized the need to strengthen efforts to support the Liberian security forces and to accomplish the mandate of training and mentoring the Liberian National Police to become the primary source to which people turn for justice and conflict resolution.


The ceremony was attended by UNMIL Acting Force Commander, Major General Carl Modey; Force Commander of UN Mission in Cote D’Ivoire (UNOCI), Major General Abdul Hafiz; Vice Admiral/ United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) Representative, Felipe Lando; Director of Mission Support, Mr. Hubert Price; UNPOL Commissioner, Mr. Gautam Sawang; Head of Nepalese Delegation, Additional Inspector General, Mr. Shailendra Kumar Shrestha; Force Chief of Staff, Brig Gen Raphael I. Isa; Nepalese Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Anarkali Shreshta; and other senior UNMIL military and civilian officials.





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