The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: UNMIL Not Leaving Liberia Indefinitely - Says SRSG Karin Landgren

The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Coordinator of the United Nations Operations in Liberia, Karin Landgren, has asserted that UNMIL is not leaving the country totally as there would still be UNMIL operations seen and felt in the next several years.

Speaking Wednesday at an UNMIL Regular Press Conference held at the Mission’s Headquarters at the Pan African Plaza in Sinkor, Mrs.Landgren said the Mission will not just leave Liberia in three years time, as it would be having about 3,750 military personnel by 2015.

She indicated that the three infantry battalions of the Mission, fewer than the current strength of  seven battalion, which she anticipates UNMIL will still have in the country.

Mrs. Landgren noted the mission will have about 1,795 police formed unit, which is 10 units compared to the current strength of seven battalion or unit.

The UNMIL Boss said her organization will be in Liberia beyond 2015 even though the Mission and the Liberian Government are working together on security responsibility transition or transfer, stating that planning exercise is a gradual process.

Mrs.Landgren reiterated the need for Liberian security forces to remain active because the country’s security is a major priority and concern.

She repeated UN Secretary General’s position in his recent report to the Security Council that Liberia’s security forces are not yet strong in terms of capacity maintain create lasting stability.

Mrs. Landgren stressed that the country needs better and accountable security to take responsibility after UNMIL and that there is a need to address vexing issues of national reconciliation, constitutional reform and decentralization.

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