Vice President Boakai Holds Talks With Ambassador Diarra

Wednesday, 26th September 2007
New York, USA - The UN Under-Secretary-General Check Diarra has renewed his and UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon’s commitment in helping Liberia meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set for 2010.

Speaking during a courtesy call he paid on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at Liberia's Permanent UN Mission in New York Tuesday evening, Ambassador Diarra who is  the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing Countries said,  his office has been reminding donor countries to fulfill their pledges to African countries.

He said countries like Liberia which are emerging from conflict, deserve more attention, adding that he was prepared to raise more awareness about this.

The UN envoy said he was happy that the sanctions on Liberia’s diamonds and timber have been lifted, noting that this has opened new prospects for economic growth in the war-scarred country.

Ambassador Diarra said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was at the recent UN retreat held in Turin, Italy, and that from her “very inspiring” presentations, he was optimistic that Liberia would be able to meet the Millennium Development Goals come 2010.

In remarks, Vice President Boakai enumerated the numerous challenges  facing  post-war Liberia, but said it was gratifying that the country has a President who not only understands the workings of the UN system, but has the “good heart to move things in the right direction.”.

Vice President Boakai said the Liberian government was committed to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, and informed the UN envoy that the government is currently trying to grapple with poverty reduction.

“We are  making sizeable steps towards meeting the MDGs. We are making Strides trying to do the right thing,” the Vice President added.

He however regretted that donor countries’ fulfillment of pledges so far have fallen short of the deliverables identified by he government.

Vice President Boakai assured the Unity Party-led government’s commitment to the ideals of the United Nations.