By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, March 21 (LINA) – A joint resolution commending the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for its contribution towards Liberia’s peace and development has been adopted by the National Legislature.
The resolution titled: LEG-002/2018 consummated on March 20, 2018, by the Senate and the House of Representatives commended the UN and all member states for their support to Liberia’s peace, stability, recovery, political and economic transformation in the last 14 years.
The resolution comes as UNMIL folds up its substantive operation in Liberia on March 31 as part of a UN Security Council Resolution 2333.
The Liberian resolution also praised the Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG), Farid Zarif, and his Deputies and all UNMIL staffs, for their creativity and committed role towards Liberia’s political and economic transformation, reconciliation and peace consolidation.
It encouraged the UN Security Council to continue to keep Liberia on its top priority agenda with focus on supporting the consolidation of the new democratic government of President George Weah and put in place a strong political monitoring mechanism to advise the UN Headquarters on political development in Liberia.
It can be recalled that United Nation Security Council resolution 1509 of September 19, 2003, authorized the UN intervention in Liberia under UNMIL to end the 14 years civil crisis and commit to the implementation of the terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2003 to restore peace, promote reconciliation and institutionalize democratic governance.
Subsequent resolutions continued to advance initiatives aimed at promoting peace consolidation on Liberia in the last 14 years, encouraging the Liberian people and institution to harmonize efforts towards political and economic recovery, national reconciliation and promote human rights and multiparty democracy.
As a result of UNMIL’s intervention, Liberia gradually transformed from a failed state to a country of peace and a proud member of the comity of nations.