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Security Transition to Government of Liberia: Count Down to 30 June, 2016

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During his first county visit to Grand Gedeh, SRSG Farid Zarif urged the Liberian authorities to step up their efforts to take full charge of the country’s security as the UN Mission in Liberia draws down. The international community remains committed to help Liberia meet the challenges, he said. During the visit he held discussions with county officials, members of the Judiciary and representatives of civil society organizations. Photo/Emmanuel Tobey
New York, 28 September 2015
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I would like to thank President Obama for his initiative by convening all of us, and I thank you for your participation and leadership.
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(Monrovia) –The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia, Mr. Farid Zarif, has welcomed the UN Security Council’s decision today to extend UNMIL’s mandate until 30 September 2016. “The Security Council’s decision to extend UNMIL’s mandate for another year demonstrates the international community’s commitment to fully support Liberia’s assumption of full security responsibilities by 30 June 2016,” said Mr. Zarif. “In less than 10 months from today, it is expected that Liberia would have assumed responsibility for all aspects of its own security to ensure peace, stability and the protection of the civilian population, taking over the residual tasks still performed by the United Nations Mission in Liberia,” he noted.
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