UNMIL Raises Security Alarm
- Politicians Express Fear



Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted September 14, 2005


Two presidential aspirants, Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh of the ADP and Prof, Alhaji G.V. Kromah of ALCOP, have expressed serious concern over the statement made by a senior personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) that they cannot guarantee security in the country; writes, Josiah S. Hallie.

The two presidential aspirants who did not disclose the name of the UNMIL Personnel said, it was worrisome for the body responsible for handling security the country to come UP at this eleventh hour of electioneering to raise security concern.

According to them, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Liberia Alan Doss recently assured the Liberians that their security would be guaranteed during the pending election process.

Messrs Tipoteh and Kromah who were recently speaking on Star Radio during the presidential debate program, called for another round table conference with UNMIL political and military personnel along with political party heads to thrash out what they termed a “serious security matter, before elections.

At the same time, three international organizations responsible for monitoring election in the country have also expressed similar security concern.

The three, NDI, IRI and the Carter Center said they are sensing danger ahead of the county in the absence of complete RR components of the DDRR Program.

They are therefore calling on the international community to provide the shortfall of approximately 18 million United States dollar needed to complete the entire process of rehabilitating the ex-combatants.

The issue of lack of complete rehabilitation and reintegration of former fighters in the Liberian conflict has been identified by the ICGL as the main cause of perpetual chaos in the country.

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