UNMIL Boss Says Violence has “Ethnic Undertones” – The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), has described as false and misleading rumors that its soldiers protected only member of the Muslim community during the recent violent crisis in Lofa County.
UNMIL soldiers were accused of protecting the Muslim community during the crisis because the soldiers are predominantly Muslim, something the mission described as false.
According to UNMIL boss, Ellen Loj, the soldiers swiftly responded to the crisis and protected all parties regardless of religious affiliation.
Madam Loj also attributed the crisis in Lofa to what she described as unfunded rumors and noted that the violent situation, which started in Konia had ethnic undertones.
She described the situation as unfortunate and said an investigation into the crisis is ongoing.
Speaking Wednesday at an UNMIL press conference in Monrovia, the UN envoy also reaffirmed UNMIL’s commitment to maintaining peace, the rule of law and improving the living conditions of Liberians.
In another development, Loj has disclosed that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, in his first progress report to the United Nations Security Council, also recommended more support to Liberia’s security institutions.
He said the country’s security needs financial and moral capacity aimed at maintaining peace and rule of law in the country.
According to Madam Loj, the UN Secretary General in his progress report also called for the establishment of the Independent National Human Right Commission aimed at implementing recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia.