Ahead of next year’s drawdown by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Folley Brown, said the county has established a Security Council.He said that the exercise is to fill in the security vacuum that would be created in the absence of UNMIL from the county.Superintendent Brown made the disclosure when he briefed the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations in Liberia, Farid Zarif, during his recent visit to the county.He said what the County Security Council need is empowerment in the form of training, logistics and resources to enable it to function effectively.“Security after UNMIL’s withdrawal is of concern to residents of the county, and so we appeal to the international community including the UN to empower Liberia’s security agencies,” LINA quotes Supt. Brown as telling Mr. Zarif.In remarks, SRSG Zarif observed that if there will be any security threats, they will come from persons residing in the country, not from external threats to Liberia.He then assured the audience of the UN’s standby preparedness to react to any and all threats to the country, should there be a need for it.During his first county visit to Grand Gedeh County, SRSG Zarif urged the Liberian authorities to step up efforts to take full charge of the country’s security as UNMIL draws down. The international community, he said, remains committed to help Liberia meet the expected challenges. The UN Security Council recently extended UNMIL’s stay in Liberia until September 30, 2016, but authorized a reduction in the number of its personnel as preparations continue for the security transition to the country’s authorities next year.According to a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the 15 member body, the Council, “affirms its expectation that the Liberian government will assume fully its security responsibilities from UNMIL no later than June 30, 2016, and encourages member states and multilateral organizations to continue to provide financial, technical and other assistance to the GOL (government of Liberia) in this regard.” In his latest report on UNMIL, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that it will be a “historic moment” when the GOL assumes all its security responsibilities from the Mission. “It will be an important milestone, a demonstration of confidence that Liberia has turned from conflict, disorder and dependence to a future of sustained peace, unity and independence,” he wrote.While welcoming the important progress made to date by the GOL with support from UNMIL and other partners, Mr. Ban noted that challenges remain that will require additional assistance on all fronts in order to complete the transition by June 30, 2016.“All stakeholders must sustain their focus on implementing the ambitious transition plan developed by the GOL and also on the national reconciliation and continuing political reforms that are essential for consolidating peace,” he stated.By the resolution, the Council also decided that the mandate of UNMIL will be the protection of civilians; reform of justice and security institutions; human rights promotion and protection and; protection of UN personnel. It also decided that UNMIL shall put “renewed focus” on supporting the GOL to achieve a successful security transition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nadiem Amiri pulled a goal back two minutes from time, but it failed to ignite a revival for the defending champions.Spain reclaim the title they last won in 2013 and join Italy as the only nation to have won the tournament five times.“Obviously we’re not happy we didn’t win but Spain were better,” said Germany coach Stefan Kuntz.“We didn’t start the match very well, Spain played very, very tough, and obviously in a final players are always a bit nervous. After the first goal we tried to pick up our game.“When we conceded the second goal it was psychologically hard, but we showed them after that we could be dangerous.” The Spanish controlled the match with top tournament scorer Luca Waldschmidt of Bundesliga club Freiburg pegged back and unable to add to his tally of seven goals to achieve a new record.“We played a good tournament until the final. To lose the final hurts a lot,” said Waldschmidt.“We’ll look to the future and prepare for the next challenges.”– ‘Great team spirit’ –Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, already a veteran of the 2017 finals, helped power the Spaniards ahead early on in front of a 23,000 crowd.The Germans, watched from the stands by senior head coach Joachim Loew and former international Oliver Bierhoff, struggled for the first half hour.Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz won the Player of the Tournament award © AFP / Miguel MEDINARuiz, who plays for Italian club Napoli, latched onto a Mikel Oyarzabal cross to beat a stunned Alexander Nubel in the Germany goal for his second goal of the tournament.“We have a great team spirit. The opening goal gave us the charge to move forward,” said Ruiz.“Germany are a great side and we had to suffer together. They’re great players but the 2-0 gave us peace of mind and confidence and I think we are deserved winners.”Spain doubled their advantage after Nubel failed to close down a Ruiz goal-bound effort, clearing into the path of Olmo, who tipped in his third goal of the tournament.Waldschmidt had a chance on 83 minutes but sent it just wide, before Amiri gave the Germans hope.Despite a nervy finale Luis de la Fuente’s side held on to finish off a tournament which they had begun in inauspicious fashion by losing 3-1 to hosts Italy.“Paradoxically the game against Italy gave us strength and confidence to carry on, it drew the team even closer together,” said de la Fuente.“This is an important victory for us,” he added. “This generation of players is simply brilliant, we now look forward now to the Olympic Games.“It’s an important victory for Spain as the players finally get the recognition they deserve.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain celebrate winning a fifth European U21 championship title © AFP / Miguel MEDINAUdine, Italy, Jul 1 – Spain dominated holders Germany 2-1 to win the European under-21 championship title for a record-equalling fifth time in Udine on Sunday as Fabian Ruiz and Dani Olmo scored in either half. Ruiz rifled in the first after just seven minutes at the Stadio Friuli in northeastern Italy, with Olmo adding the second on 69 minutes to avenge their 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final two years ago.