Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Farid Zarif Tuesday bid farewell to the Indian Formed Police Unit (FPU)1.
The all-female police unit, the first in the history of UN peacekeeping, has served the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since 2007 and will soon depart the country as Liberia gets ready to assume full responsibility for national security amidst the ongoing UNMIL drawdown. Both leaders paid tribute to the influence of the peacekeepers on Liberia.
“The contribution you have made in inspiring Liberian women, imparting in them the spirit of professionalism and encouraging them to join operations that protect the nation; for that we will always be grateful. Our security service now has 17 per cent women – we owe all that to you, because it was not even one per cent a few years ago. And these women want to emulate you in the way you’ve served this country,” said President Sirleaf.
SRSG Zarif said: “You leave behind a legacy of true and dedicated service in support of Liberia and the Liberia National Police, and in delivering services to the people of Liberia. You should be proud that by your presence, you have made tremendous contribution by bringing greater stability, confidence and assisting in the strengthening of the capacities of the Liberia National Police.”-Press release