Consolidating peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone
Publication date: 
2012
Accord issue: 
23
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In an interview with Accord, Ambassador Prince Zeid of Jordan, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), highlights UN priorities for Liberia: security sector reform, rule of law and national reconciliation. Many legacies of violence have survived the official end of hostilities and there is work to be done to build functioning domestic capability. Local civil society and communities have much to offer in building functioning domestic capability, but there is still the need for a national frame of reference for reconciliation, as well as for external support: important lessons from global experience can help countries deal with their past.

Civil society is integral to a comprehensive understanding. The international community will never get to know the country and its cultural rhythms the way its inhabitants do.

Ambassador Prince Zeid of Jordan