The Government of Liberia and the United Nations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formally acknowledging and declaring Liberia as an Official United Nations Peacekeeping Contributing Country.
The Memorandum of Understanding establishes administrative, logistics, and financial terms and conditions to govern the contribution of personnel, equipment and services provided by the Government of Liberia in support of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); and specifies United Nations Standard of Conduct for personnel provided by the Armed Forces of Liberia.
Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia; while Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department for Field Support, signed on behalf of the United Nations.
Ambassador Kemayah described the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a significant milestone for the Government of Liberia; and in particular, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Ambassador Kemayah further stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will mutually reinforce the commitment between the Government of Liberia and the United Nations to the peacekeeping initiatives in the Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and further enhance the capacity of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to adequately provide personnel, equipment and services; in support of its Military Mission in Mali.
The Liberian Envoy expressed appreciation that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) supports the expansion in the remuneration or re-imbursement capacity of the Armed Forces of Liberia; in relation to the Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Ambassador Kemayah recalled that Liberia’s contribution to the Peacekeeping efforts in Mali was a conscious decision, propelled by the good will of the global community in their assistance and resolve to ensure the restoration of peace, security, and democracy in Liberia after a protracted civil conflict.
“The Government of Liberia first deployed in Mali in 2013 as a platoon-size infantry of Forty-five (45) officers; embedded within the Nigerian contingent; under the Africa International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA); and subsequently; under Tactical Control (TACON) of the Togolese Battalion (TOGBATT)” Ambassador Kemayah explained.
Today, the Liberian contingent stands at One Hundred and Five (105) Officers– a feat that Ambassador Kemayah attributes to Dr. George Manneh Weah Government and People of Liberia to the cause of restoring peace and security in Mali.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Lt. Colonel Daniel Holman Jr. of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and officials of the United Nations Department for Field Support and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations.