The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will close at the end of March 2018.
Over its nearly 15 years of operations, the peacekeeping mission has helped bring back peace and stability to the West African country.
George Weah was inaugurated on Monday as the new President of Liberia, where the United Nations is set to close its peacekeeping mission (UNMIL) in a few weeks after a successful 15-year presence in the West African country.
Liberians return to the polls next week for a run-off election to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first African woman to be elected a Head of State.
Terrorism, violent extremism require more nimble peacekeeping response
Corruption remains the “biggest challenge” for Liberia as it continues its recovery from a brutal civil war; that’s according to the Police Commissioner of the UN peacekeeping mission there.
The reconciliation of former foes in Liberia following years of civil war and conflict is an “unfinished business” according to a senior UN peacekeeping official.
Liberia is officially assuming full responsibility for national security in the country on Friday, taking over from the UN mission UNMIL.
Liberia has come a long way in the last thirteen years and is now ready to manage its own security.
That’s according to Farid Zarif, Special Representative to the Secretary General for the UN’s mission in the nation, UNMIL.
The Liberian government is taking over control of VIP protection from the UN as part of a gradual transition towards assuming responsibility for all aspects of national security.
VIP protection passed from UN to Liberian government