Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 August 2010

UNMIL and partners committed to building confidence in Liberian justice system, says UN Deputy Envoy as she honours Rwandan police officers




UNMIL and partners committed to building confidence in Liberian justice system, says UN Deputy Envoy as she honours Rwandan police officers



MONROVIA, Liberia, August 2, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN Deputy Envoy Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu has extolled Rwandan police officers serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for their high degree of professionalism and discipline during the discharge of their duties. These qualities, Ms. Mensa-Bonsu noted, have been useful in strengthening the capacity and skills of Liberia National Police (LNP). She made these remarks when she awarded UN peacekeeping medals to these UNMIL Rwandan police officers for their contribution to peace and stability in Liberia.


On the need to further consolidate the rule of law and justice system, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for the Rule of Law said these sectors remain the corner stone for peace and security in Liberia. “Although some challenges still remain, these challenges are surmountable, and we shall overcome them gradually.” Ms. Mensa-Bonsu pledged UNMIL’s and its national and international partners’ commitment to strengthening the Liberian Police component to build public confidence in the justice system and to encourage people to be law-abiding citizens. She expressed confidence that, “a strong and functioning police force will help to ensure peace and security in Liberia.”


DSRSG Mensa-Bonsu praised the LNP’s commitment in transforming itself into an effective and functioning police force, as evidenced in the general and gradual reduction in crime rates in the country. She attributed this success to the leadership of the LNP, led by its Inspector-General, Mr. Marc Amblard. “I would also like to thank him for his inspiring leadership, dedication and efforts to build capacity of the LNP to contribute to maintaining peace and security in Liberia through constructing and forging an effective and functioning police force.”


The Deputy UN Envoy assured that UNMIL and the United Nations family, as well as its other partners, are committed more than ever to support the LNP and ensure that it moves closer to becoming a capable and solid police force which can stand on its own. She quoted Rwandan President Paul Kagame: “We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again.” Ms. Mensa-Bonsu, who is also Officer-in-Charge of UNMIL, expressed optimism that Liberians can heed to these words of wisdom and with determination and commitment move forward to build a better future for their country.


Attending the medal award ceremony were UN Police Commissioner, Mr. Gautam Sawang; Contingent Commander, Superintendent Morris Muligo; UNFPA Representative in Liberia, Madam Esperance Fundira; and senior UN Police officers.



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