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                                  Liberia's Permanent Mission to the UN Opens New Offices


MARCH 30, 2007


                UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, March 30, 2007:- The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations and the Consulate General of Liberia in New York have relocated to a new office building, 866 United Nations Plaza, (First Avenue and 48th Street), Suite 480, New York, New York 10017.  Over thirty Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations as well as several Consulates of countries accredited to the United States are also housed at that location.


                In other recent developments, several Liberian organizations in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have made donations of office equipment and furniture to the Liberian Mission including desk top and lap top computers and an assortment of office furnishings.


                The Maryland County Association of New Jersey; The Millennium Men of Liberia; Project Momentum; The MacDella Cooper Foundation; The National Krao Association in the Americas; and Mr. and Mrs. Ounzuba Kehma-Gama have each generously contributed to equipping the new offices of the Liberian Mission and Consulate General.  These organizations have expressed their desire to play a role in the re-building of their nation by identifying themselves with the relocation process and the modernization of the Government’s office to better serve the needs of the Liberian people. Presenting on behalf of their organizations were:  Williette Freeman, President and Alfred Tubman, Vice President, Maryland County Association of New Jersey; Alfred Lewis, Secretary of the Board, Sam Wouyeah, Secretary, and Hitler Harvey, Treasurer, of Millennium Men of Liberia; Dogba Hamilton Caranda-Martin, III of Project Momentum; MacDella Cooper of the MacDella Cooper Foundation; Philomena Bropleh Mensah, Ambassador at Large, Republic of Liberia, President, Estella Sele, Vice President and Joseph Sarwee, of the National Krao Association in the Americas and Mr. and Mrs. Ounzuba Kehma-Gama in their own names. 


                Accepting the donations on behalf of the Mission and the Consulate General, the Liberian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Nathaniel Barnes said that he was grateful for the unconditional generosity of these patriotic Liberians and commended their willingness to make contributions to the improvement of Liberia’s image abroad especially at the highest international body where image-building is a national priority.  Ambassador Barnes assured the various organizations and individuals that their gifts would be used for the purpose for which they were intended and that he would communicate their positive actions to Monrovia.


                Ambassador Barnes appealed to the leaders of the organizations to remind their members that they have a very important role to play in the reconstruction and development of our country.  In the interest of improving our image, Liberians should always be law-abiding residents no matter where they find themselves and no matter what their endeavors.  Being upstanding members of our global community contributes positively to the way Liberia is seen by the rest of the world, Mr. Barnes emphasized.


                Describing the new location of the Liberian Mission, Ambassador Barnes asserted that the proximity of a wide network of other United Nations country missions within the building will afford him the opportunity to interact frequently with his colleagues and aid in the development of a good rapport with Member States of the United Nations.  He invited all Liberian residents and visitors to New York to visit the Liberian Mission and Consulate General at any time, “We are all at your service,” Ambassador Barnes concluded.




Above left, pictured from left to right, Alfred Tubman, V.P.,  MCA-NJ, Famatta Osode, Deputy Permanent Representative; Comfort Swengbe, Counselor to the Permanent Mission; Williette Freeman, President, MCA-NJ; Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes and James Eesiah, Minister Counselor to the Permanent Mission.  Above right, pictured from left to right, Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes; MacDella Cooper of  The MacDella Cooper Foundation, Jeff  Gongoer Dowana, Counsel General, Republic of Liberia and Edwin Sele, Minister Counselor, Liberian Permanent Mission. 



Above left, members of the Millinneum Men of Liberia pose with Ambassador Barnes Above right, Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Liberia, Philomena Bropleh-Mensah poses with Ambassador Barnes




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