Liberia: bridge built in a week inaugurated by UN envoy

20 March 2006

A steel bridge with a 33-ton capacity, built in one week by the Chinese contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), was officially inaugurated this weekend by the top UN envoy to the country, which is recovering from a decade-long civil war.

Pointing out that the Sarbo Bridge is the fourth bridge completed by the contingent, Alan Doss, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said the achievement “demonstrates not only the contingent’s technical abilities and competence, but also the great dedication and commitment to their job as peacekeepers, and shows their contribution to the recovery of Liberia."

He added that “roads are not only economically important, but they also ensure security, the free movement of people and unify countries.”

The new bridge unites River Gee and Maryland counties in Liberia.