The Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, Amb. Lewis Brown II, has promised to work closely with the Secretariat of the United Nations, its various agencies as well as the membership to advance the cherished goals of the organization, while ensuring that Liberia’s interests are protected and promoted.
According to the dispatch from New York, Ambassador Brown made the remarks when he presented his Letters of Credence to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday, June 30.
The Liberian Permanent Representative conveyed, on behalf of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Government and people of Liberia, immense gratitude to the United Nations family, as well as bilateral, regional and other multilateral partners for the continued support to consolidating Liberia’s peace, security and stability.
“Liberians remain grateful and are determined to continue its efforts towards consolidating the peace, security and the stability of their country,” he assured. Ambassador Brown welcomed the turning over of full security responsibilities to the Government of Liberia, saying, “This is another affirmation of renewed confidence in Liberia’s continued progress since the end of its conflict in 2003.”
He urged the United Nations and the entire international community to remain engaged with the country as it works to deepen the progress already made. Receiving Ambassador Brown’s credentials, the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban, expressed appreciation about Liberia’s progress toward consolidating its peace, security and stability, noting that because of the progress already made, the UNMIL has been able to achieve the final stage of its peacekeeping mission.
He praised the determination of the Liberian people and the farsighted leadership of President Sirleaf toward the achievement of this milestone. In a related development , the UN Secretary General welcomes the full assumption today by the Government of Liberia of its national security responsibilities from the United Nations Mission in Liberia(UNMIL), in accordance with Security Council resolution 2239(2015).
Mr. Ban paid tribute to the determination of the Government and people of Liberia to work towards lasting peace after the end of the conflict that led to the deployment of UNMIL in October 2003. He urged partners to remain engaged and to continue assisting the Government of Liberia to consolidate peace.
Signed: J. Wesley Washington
ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS