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Jean Olinger, Chargé d’affaires a.i, intervenes at the Special Session on Sierra Leone at the Peacebuilding Commission

Publié le mercredi 10 juin 2009

Monsieur le Président,

En premier lieu, j’aimerais vous remercier pour avoir organisé cette session spéciale sur la Sierra Leone qui tombe à point.
De même, je saisis l’occasion pour saluer à Freetown le président Koroma et ici à New York la Ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la coopération internationale, Mme Bangura, le Ministre des Finances, M. Kamara et le Représentant exécutif du Secrétaire général pour la Sierra Leone, M. von der Schulenburg.

Je me rallie pleinement à l’intervention que vient de prononcer le Représentant de la République tchèque au nom de l’Union européenne.

Tout en félicitant les Sierra Léonais pour le progrès impressionnants accomplis au cours des dernières années je voudrais néanmoins mettre l’accent sur quelques points qui tiennent à cœur de ma délégation, notamment, et je passe à l'anglais.

Luxembourg welcomes and supports the key priorities outlined in President Koroma’s Agenda for change, Sierra Leone’s core national strategy. Because of decreasing foreign direct investment and assistance as a result of the economic and financial crisis, we encourage the government to further prepare the way for an investment-friendly environment in order to develop the private sector. In this context, we welcome the initiative of the Government to establish the Office of Diaspora Affairs as well as the recent launch of its Private Sector Development Strategy which should both contribute to the development of a strong private sector that can create employment. Further, we support the Government’s Youth Empowerment and Employment scheme aimed at creating income opportunities and we congratulate the Government on the appointment of a Youth Commissioner to help kick-start programmes in support of youth employment.

My delegation wishes to encourage the Government to further implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, such as ensuring public participation in the constitutional review process, and to promote the respect of human rights, good governance and the rule of law and the fight against corruption.

Moreover we would like to stress the importance of integrating all stakeholders, especially civil society, to ensure a full and nationally owned process and in order to secure sustainable peace and pave the path for development.

Luxembourg underlines the need of cooperating with regional and sub-regional organizations such as ECOWAS in combating organized crime and drug trafficking as well as working closely with other international and regional financial institutions.

I would also like to point out the necessity to increase coordination and cooperation amongst actors on the ground and therefore Luxembourg welcomes and fully supports the UN Joint Vision for Sierra Leone which seeks to combine efforts and resources by defining priorities, creating joint programming, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and including political and developmental benchmarks for the peacebuilding efforts of the UN system.

Finally I want to commend the able leadership of M. von der Schulenburg, the UNIPSIL colleagues and the UN country team and encourage increased interaction between the government, UNIPSIL and the PBC which will have an important role to play in the future.

Thank you.

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