- Jordan has become the first country to pledge an additional unit to UN police in Liberia, answering Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for extra forces to support west African state as it continues its recovery from a decade-long civil war.
Welcoming decision to send the unit, due to arrive next month, Special Representative Ellen Margrethe Løj today praised Jordanian police officers for supporting Liberian national police in various ways, particularly in dealing with “mob violence.”
Further urging Jordanian police officers to demonstrate the “patience and reserve” that was necessary to support their Liberian colleagues, Ms Løj noted that there was a lot of peace building and development work to be done to ensure that Liberia did not slide back into conflict and chaos.
“Development is crucial for sustainable peace and security; and to achieve development, Liberians must be empowered to control their circumstances,” she said at a ceremony where she awarded UN peacekeeping medals to 120 Jordanian officers already in the country.
Strengthened police component will enhance provision of strategic advice and expertise to Liberian officers in the rule of law and operational support to police and corrections sector as well as react to urgent security incidents, UN has said.
Ms Løj said September’s Security Council extension of UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for another year represents continued commitment of UN to be unwavering and vigilant in maintaining peace and security in Liberia.
“We are working with Liberian security forces, as well as with those from neighbouring countries, to ensure that security is maintained at all times,” she added.
UNMIL was set up in 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a war that killed almost 150,000 Liberians, mostly civilians, and sent 850,000 others fleeing to neighbouring countries. As of the end of September this year it comprised over 12,700 uniformed personnel, including 11,465 troops and 1,037 police.
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