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The heads of United Nations’ Mission in West Africa have called for calm in Liberia amidst the current situation here particularly as it relates to the plan June 7 protest.

In a communique issued at the end of the 34th meeting of the UN heads of Missions in the sub-region, the officials that all should adhere to the ongoing dialogue by the government, pressure groups and opposition political parties to ensure that the protests are peaceful.

The UN officials also called on the Liberian people and government to sustain efforts to address various political, economic and governance challenges facing the country and reiterated the importance of the maintenance of peace and security.

The UN Heads of Mission commended the UN Country Team’s coordinated support to Liberia as well as the strong partnership between the UN, the AU and ECOWAS, particularly on conflict prevention and good offices.

The Heads of Missions called on the international community to continue its support to Liberia to further enhance peace consolidation and sustainable development.

The meeting was held at the invitation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas on 10 May 2019 in Bissau,Guinea-Bissau.
The objective was to strengthen coordination in order to enhance synergies to address common challenges facing the West African and Sahel regions.

In attendance were the Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), José Viegas Filho and for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas; the UnitedNations Resident Coordinators for Côte d’Ivoire, Babacar Cissé, and Liberia, Yacoub El Hillo. The Director of Political Affairs for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Bruno Mpondo-Epo also attended. Discussions focused on recent security incidents in the region.

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