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UNMIL Drawdown Worries Cape Mount Residents

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The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is expected to pull out of Grand Cape Mount County in the wake of the deployment of both police and immigration personnel along the border with neighboring Sierra Leone.

The formal handover exercise, which is scheduled this week in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, is expected to bring together heads of security institutions in the country. The move is part of the Mission’s drawdown plan in the face of improved security in the country since taking up assignment here on 4 0ctober 2003.

State security sources, who hinted this paper Monday in Monrovia, did not say whether or not the exercise would affect Tubmanburg, Bomi County as the two counties are in western-Liberia where Pakistani contingent of the Mission are based.

UNMIL will continue reducing its strength as of now up to 2015 and perhaps beyond in the event leading to the 2017 presidential and general elections which is being considered as very crucial for sustained stability.

However, the planned drawdown is said to be worrying the locals (residents) of the county who believe that UNMIL presence has made them once more feel like nothing has gone wrong in the entire country.

According to the locals, they feel confidence security wise with the international stabilization force in charge of the day-to-day security of the county, which was once a hub of rivalry armed factions during the course of the civil conflict.

“UNMIL leaving is worrisome because of the confidence the locals have in them than our own people, who do not have patience with situations and are quick in taking side. There are investments and investors in the county who need protection so as to continue providing job opportunities to our people,” said Varney Siryon.

Another resident, elder Kiazolu said they were sad in the face of the drawdown program because of the cordial relations between the locals and UNMIL. UNMIL, which controls security in Liberia, has enjoyed the confidence of the locals since its arrival here almost 10 years ago.

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