- The outgoing United Nations envoy to Liberia, Alan Doss, has urged Liberians to stick to peace to enable them consolidate the social, economic and political gains they have recorded since the end of the civil war in 2003.
“Without peace and stability, the heroic task of building the new Liberia cannot go forward," Doss, who outgoing Secretary General's Special Representative to the West African country, said at a farewell ceremony in the capital Monrovia.
Doss, who was also the head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), advised Liberians to put away their past and unite for nation building.
“Whatever the grievances and resentments of the past, violence and destruction can never be the solution for the future. We cannot undo history, but we can overcome it with perseverance, tolerance and goodwill. Liberia is not destined to be eternally poor.”
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has decorated Doss with Humane Order of African Redemption in recognition of his distinguished services he had rendered to Liberia and Liberians. In addition to being honoured with Liberia's highest medal, a peace park for children in the suburb of Monrovia [Paynesville] was also named after Doss.
President Sirleaf hailed the outgoing UN envoy as “a true friend of Liberia, a committed leader" who championed peace and development.
The Briton, who takes over the UN affairs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been replaced by Ellen Margrethe Løj from Denmark.
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