Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reaffirmed Liberia’s commitment to ensuring that peace and stability continue to reign throughout the length and breadth of the nation as the smooth transition is predicated upon a peaceful Liberia.
VP Boakai described the upcoming 2017 elections as historic in the nation’s history. He said it was the responsibility of all Liberians to help sustain the peace attained in a decade and that all hands must come on board.
He spoke Friday when the Chairman of the Peace Building Commission, His ExcellencyMacharia Kamau at the head of a nine member-delegation paid a courtesy call on him on Capitol Hill, according to a release from the Office of the Vice President.
Vice President Boakai said he was happy to receive the delegation and spoke of the benefits that peace has brought to Liberia, noting that without peace it would have been difficult to defeat the Ebola virus disease in Liberia and in the Mano River Basin.
He informed the delegation that as part of the peace-building efforts of the ECOWAS of which the Government of Liberia is actively involved, an early warning system is being put into peace to detect sources of conflict in the sub region.
The Liberian Vice President pointed out that challenges remain in the reconstruction process as evident by the decline in the prices of basic commodities including iron ore and rubber and youth unemployment, something, he said, were not helpful to the sustenance of peace in the country, but can be overcome with the same determined and resilient spirit demonstrated by Liberians in the war against Ebola.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Macharia Kamau, Chairman of the Peace-Building Commission of the United Nations, who is also Permanent member of Kenya to the United Nations, said the Peace-Building Commission remains engaged in the consolidation of the peace process in Liberia,
further describing the country’s peace story as a success story – something that must be told to the rest of the world of how the nation overcame Ebola. He said Liberia was now on the path of development and that the Peace Commission will continue to invest in the issues raised by the Vice President.
Mr. Kamau further assured the Vice President that the Peace Commission will ensure that the drawdown of UNMIL doesn’t in anyway undermine the peace and security of Liberia as the nation heads towards the 2017 elections. He also told the Vice President that the concerns raised in their tete-a-tete will be communicated to the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.