UN Secretary-General Lauds Liberian Government

Sunday, 27th September 2009
United Nations, New York - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government for its accomplishments since coming to power in 2006.

He said notable achievements of the government include the establishment of the rule of law and giving the Liberian people hope, and described Liberia as one of the success stories of a post-conflict country not only in Africa but the world at large.

Secretary General Ban made the commendation Saturday during discussions with the Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., at UN headquarters in New York.

He said President Johnson Sirleaf is widely respected for her leadership qualities, and assured the U.Nís continued support in her governmentís reconstruction effort.

Secretary General Ban said although the third phase of the UN Missionís drawdown is scheduled for 2011, it was critical for the Liberian Government to adopt measures to put the country in readiness to take full control of its security to ďcreate a politically practical environment that would ensure a peaceful election and continuation of the democratic process taking root in the countryĒ.

The UN Secretary also thanked the Liberian government for the support given his representative in Liberia, Madam Ellen Margrethe Loj in the execution of her duties.

Speaking during the meeting, Vice President Boakai assured Secretary General Ban of the Liberian Governmentís commitment to the rule of law and upholding the tenets of democracy.

Vice President Boakai informed the UN chief envoy that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is determined to accomplish the objectives for which she was elected to office.

He expressed the Liberian governmentís concern about the situation in neighboring Guinea, and called on the UN to use its influence to ensure that the situation in that country does not destabilize the sub-region.

He thanked the United Nations agencies, including UNDP and UNESCO for the support they continue to accord Liberia in its reconstruction drive.