Security Cooperation – China Turns Over Peacekeeping Gears To Liberia
Monrovia – The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China near Monrovia has handed over equipment and medical supplies to the Government of Liberia with Chinese Ambassador to Liberia describing the donation as a continuation of the friendly relationship between the two countries.
Tuning over the equipment at the weekend, Ambassador ZHANG Yue said the donation is a concrete gesture of China-Liberia Security Cooperation.
“The donation we are making today is a concrete gesture of the China-Liberia security cooperation. As a country recovering from the civil war, Liberian people highly cherish the peaceful lives.
In these days, with the help of international partners, Liberian Government and people have made great achievements in maintaining the nation’s security”, said Ambassador Yue.
Ambassador Yue said considering the security risks in West Africa and the draw-down of UNMIL, China, as a reliable friend of Liberia, will continually render assistance to the peace-building process.
This batch of donation includes around 150 units of instruments and equipment for transportation, engineering, logistics and medical treatments.
The Chinese envoy announced that all the equipment, which belonged to the Chinese Peacekeeper Contingents, will be transferred to Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of National Defense, National Police, Bureau of Immigration, National Fire Service, JFK Hospital, Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital and other departments and organizations of Liberia.
“Also, the Chinese peacekeeping contingents will donate all their campuses, barracks and the non-military facilities to Liberia. I hope this donation will contribute to capacity building of the said institutions and serve the local people better”, Ambassador Yue said.
Giving an overview of China’s contribution in terms of troops to peace keeping in Liberia, he disclosed that China has sent 18 bathes of peacekeeping contingents to Liberia and the total amount of the Chinese peacekeepers is nearly 10,000.
Besides playing a constructive role in Liberian peacebuilding process, Ambassador Yue noted that Chinese peacekeepers also helped the Liberian people in non-military missions by constructing roads, transporting logistic materials and providing medical services.
Commenting on the deadly Ebola virus that hit the country where the Chinese also made significant contribution with one of the best ETU’s Ambassador Yue said in the past years Liberia has increased the anti-epidemic capacity.
“We are glad to see the Liberian side has increased the anti-epidemic capacity sharply and made great achievements in the battle against Ebola. You have shown your courage and resilience when facing the global public health crisis and made an unprecedented victory.
I firmly believe, with these characters deeply rooting in the nation, Liberia will make another victory in the peace-building and economic recovery process”, the Diplomat said.
Institutions to benefit from the donation are-Ministries of National Defense and Public Works, Liberia National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Liberia National Fire Service, and the John F. Kennedy, Jackson Fiah Doe and Bong Mines hospitals.
According to him, all the working and living facilities and equipment in the Chinese peacekeeping contingent’s camps and barracks will be left on the ground in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister J. Browne Samukai, Deputy Public Works Minister Roland Giddings and Deputy Police Inspector General Prince Mulbah have commended the People’s Republic of China for its donation and promised to wisely utilize the equipment for better service to the people of Liberia.