"I always keep in the back of my
mind that 50 percent of all U.N. missions fail after five
years. That's a fact. So how successful are we? We try
to give Liberia a safe and secure environment because
that's what investors are looking for..."
Under former U.S. general Jacques Klein, the United Nations'
mission was to enforce the peace accord signed by the
warring factions, disarm them and bring stability to the
devastated country. Klein, who is known for his blunt,
straight-talking manner, left the post in late April 2005,
arguing that the United Nations needed a much tougher
mandate in Liberia and should temporarily run the government
there. FRONTLINE/World reporter Jessie Deeter interviewed
Klein in November 2004 as disarmament was coming to an
end. Read edited excerpts from
Deeter's interview with Klein.
"There are 50 persons trying to
become president of this country and not one of them has
mentioned the need for comprehensive security reform.
I think they are making a serious mistake."
FRONTLINE/World reporter Jessie Deeter talks to
Daniel Chea about his position as minister of defense
in Charles Taylor's government during the brutal last
months of the civil war. Now serving in the transitional
government until elections are held in October 2005, Chea
gives his assessment of what it will take to move Liberia
beyond its current tenuous peace. Read
edited excerpts from Deeter's interview with Chea.