Vice President Boakai Commends UN Mission Staff

Saturday, 29th September 2007

Washington, USA - Vice President Joseph N.Boakai has commended staff of Liberia's Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York for maintaining an efficient staff and functional office in the face of difficulties government is confronted with.

"We want to commend you for your efforts and for the leadership you are providing," Vice President Boakai told Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes.

He said government is very concerned about the country's foreign missions, and regretted delays from Monrovia in servicing some of their needs, but noted that maintaining embassies around the world has been one of the major challenges facing the Unity Party-led government.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation Friday during a meeting with staff of the Mission in New York.

He told mission the staff that government has instituted a reform program of the Foreign Service, and expressed optimism that the appointment of a new foreign minister would bring about the required changes, noting that government is aware of the frustrations Foreign Service staff go through.

"It is one of the things that we will do to make sure that the country is restored," the Vice President said.

In response, Liberia's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Mr. Barnes told Vice President Boakai that running of the office, considering the "very low incentives and remuneration," has been due to personal efforts of the staff who, he noted, "have gone over and above the call of duty". "We have been able to see some level of success here, but I tell you straight of, it is largely due to the staff in this room. Both the diplomatic and administrative staff, these people have gone over and above the call of duty, given the level of remuneration and incentives given by government which is regrettably miniscule and very low.  They have just gone over and above the call of duty to be at work, to dedicate their time and effort to make sure that our over all strategic plan we came here with succeeds," Ambassador Barnes emphasized.,

He then congratulated Vice President Boakai for the interventions he made at the United nations on behalf of the  Liberian government, which he described as very good. He added that the fact that the Secretary-General could grant Vice President Boakai 30 minutes to interact with him, when in other cases only

15 minutes is given is a good signal that the current leadership of the UN harbors very good sentiments for Liberia.