‘Thanks for Serving Liberia’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the outgoing Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for her contributions to peace in the country.President Sirleaf made the commendation yesterday during an investiture ceremony and farewell luncheon held in honor of SRSG Karin Landgren, whose tour of duty as head of UNMIL and coordinator of the UN operations in Liberia comes to an end.The President stated that she was glad to be at the ceremony as Liberia “owes Landgren much gratitude for her dedicated services in helping Liberia consolidate and sustain the peace.”“We will miss our time together,” President Sirleaf told Landgren.She further stated: “I don’t know what your next assignment will be, but given your rich experiences we know that wherever you go, you are going to perform. Thanks for serving Liberia.”The President conferred on Landgren one of the nation’s highest honors, Grand Commander of the Star of Africa.Speaking earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine Ngafuan and senior officials of the Ministry lavished praises on the outgoing SRSG for her “outstanding contributions to help sustain the peace in the country.”Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Elias Shoniyin, who spoke on behalf of the Ministry, stated that they were left with mixed reactions over the departure of Madam Landgren, who he said has worked tirelessly to help Liberia maintain its peace.He recalled how the head of the UN operations in Liberia came to the country in 2012 when the nation was at a cross road of consolidating its peace just after the first term of Pres. Sirleaf who had won the first democratic election in 2005.He also recollected how Ms. Landgren had helped in establishing a tripartite arrangement between the UN Mission in La Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Government of Liberia.He further stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs family was certain that with faith in past experiences, the foundation she has laid during her tour of duty in Liberia will be sustained and maintained by her successor.The Ministry presented her an award for her invaluable contribution to peace-building in Liberia.For his part, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, said the hearts of all local government authorities, were “heavy” over her departure.“Your leadership has been very helpful to us. We know that when the history of our civil war peace making is written, it will treat you fairly.”Min. Dukuly named the UN SRSG Isatu Fahnbulleh, after a famous Clan Chief in Western Liberia.Senator Stephen Zargo, who represented the Senate Committee on Defense and Security, also applauded Ms. Landgren for the way she had dedicated her services to making Liberia peaceful, acknowledging, “you have performed your duty well.”Each of the speakers ended their comments by presenting gifts to Ms. Landgren.In response, Ms Landgren said she was sad to be leaving but was honored with the many tributes received from the officials of government.She stated that she is immensely proud of the role UNMIL has played in helping to consolidate peace in Liberia.She also stated that her experience in Liberia has shown her the very best UN-government relationship.Gracing the occasion were Senate Pro Temp Armah Zulu Jallah, Doyen of the Diplomatic Corp, Guinean Ambassador Abdullah Doré, US Ambassador Deborah Malac, and an array of Liberian government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more