MONROVIA – President George Weah’s disclosure that Liberia would have a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council by 2026 has raised many eyebrows, especially among the diplomatic community.
The president made the pronouncement as one of his major achievements during his Annual Message delivered to the Joint Session of the Legislature on Monday.
By: Henry Karmo [email protected]
Sources in the Diplomatic community believe Pres. Weah either rushed to make an announcement on a proposal that is yet to materialize or he was not given accurate information. This, they said, could hinder Liberia’s chances of achieving said goal.
“I think the President rushed in his announcement and I know it was all about political showing but it could stand as a stumbling block to our chances to have that non-permanent member seat at the level of the UN,” a source said to FPA.
During his state of the nation address, President Weah said: “I would now like to make an important announcement about a singular and unprecedented honor that is about to be bestowed on Liberia. Although this event will not take place until 2026, all the diplomatic activity leading to this success has been undertaken by my Administration and under my personal initiative and directives.”
According to the President, Liberia’s Candidature for a Seat on the United Nations Security Council as a Non-Permanent Member for the 2026-2027 period was endorsed during the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, held from February 3-7, 2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This Candidature of Liberia for a seat on the UN Security Council was also unanimously endorsed by the African Group of Ambassadors at the United Nations in New York.
“I am now pleased to announce that the election for Liberia to sit on the Security Council as a Non-Permanent Member for the 2226 – 2027 period will be held in New York in 2025.
“Needless to say, this will be a very proud moment for our nation and represents the full acceptance of Liberia among the comity of nations, as a responsible country capable of making significant contributions to global peace and security by sitting on the United Nations Security Council, the highest and most important forum for world peace.
“Imagine the significance of the journey we have traveled over the past two decades, from being a war-torn country, ravished and destroyed by a civil war that lasted for fifteen years, which required the deployment of the largest United Nations Peacekeeping Force at that time, UNMIL, to bring peace to our troubled land; and now having a seat on the Security Council of the very United Nations that had been sent to save us from ourselves. We have a lot to be thankful for as a People.”