Liberia on verge of becoming true success story, says UN envoy

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Liberia is on the verge of becoming a true success story, according to Karin Landgren, head of the UN Mission in the country (UNMIL).

Ms. Landgren on Tuesday  briefed the Security Council on the situation in the West African country.

She said that since 2003, Liberia has transformed itself from a failed state to one which she said is well along the path to democracy and lasting peace.

The UN envoy said the presidential and legislative elections of 2011 showed the capacity of Liberia to manage what she said was "a politically and logistically complex event".

"The subsequent peaceful formation of a new government signalled the country's increased stability. With Liberia on the verge of becoming a true success story, the UN mission must walk a delicate balance- applauding successes and pulling back our support while continuing to accompany Liberia in areas crucial to lasting peace. The United Nations continues to provide security support to Liberia on a significant scale."

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The UN envoy added however, that security measures alone will not create stability in Liberia but should go hand in hand with national reconciliation and structural changes to address the underlying causes of past conflict.

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