SRSG Loj Calls on Vice President Boakai

Tuesday, 29th January 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - The new Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Ellen Margretha Loj Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at his temporary office in Sinkor.

During the vist, SRSG Loj and Vice President Boakai held discussions on a wide range of issues, from efforts to transform the country to the training of the last caseload of  ex-combatants.

SRSG Loj hoped the ex-combatants who have already undergone skills training would not be admitted into the up-coming training program.

She used the occasion to congratulate Vice President Boakai for the honor bestowed on him by the U.S based Logos University, noting that this honor was based on the positive impact the Vice President has made on his society.

The SRSG said from what she has seen and heard from President Sirleaf in her message to the Legislature Monday, the  performance of the Unity Party-led government was “impressive”.

She reiterated that the drawdown of UNMIL troops would be gradual, but noted that Liberians themselves should assume responsibility for maintaining the peace in their country.

“On the whole, Madam Loj added, Liberia is on the right path ,” adding that she accepted the appointment so that she can work with the Liberian government to rebuild the war ravaged country.

Also in remarks, Vice President Boakai lauded the UN Mission for creating the conditions that have enabled the government to accomplish what it has achieved so far.

He assured the UN envoy that the up-coming training was solely for ex-combatants who did not benefit from the first skills training exercise.

Vice President Boakai said while training is good, it is important to afford ex-combatants the opportunity to utilize the skills they learn by providing jobs for them and creating conditions for them to be self-employed.

According to the Vice President, ex-combatants trained would be deployed in agricultural programs and mining operations, among others.