Security Council hears of Liberia's efforts to promote justice and security

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Ambassador Staffan Tillander (Sweden) Chair of the Liberia Configuration, addressing the Security Council meeting on the situation in Liberia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The inauguration of the first Regional Justice and Security Hub in Liberia is an essential component of institution building in the country.

That assessment comes from Staffan Tillander, chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission who briefed the Security Council on Monday afternoon.

Ambassador Tillander was part of a Commission delegation which visited the country and neighbouring Sierra Leone in February during which time the hub became operational.

“As stated by President Johnson Sirleaf at the launch ceremony, and I quote: ‘The opening of this first hub, in the nation’s heartland, is confirmation that we mean what we say about decentralizing services to all parts of this country. The presence of this hub, and the others to follow, will ensure access to justice and to quality security service for all Liberians.’ Efforts should continue to ensure that the provision of quality justice and security services is a reality. We count on the Government of Liberia to make the appropriate provisions, including planning and budget allocations for recurrent costs and delivery of services.”

While in Liberia, Peacebuilding Commission members consulted with the government and other partners on how to accelerate progress on security sector reform, rule of law and national reconciliation.

The Peacebuilding Commission was established in 2005 and supports post-conflict recovery in six African countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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