European Union Head of Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Laurent Delahousse has retracted his statement earlier this week when he referred to Monrovia as a disgusting and dirty City he has visited.
Delahousse on Tuesday spoke about his impressions on the situation of the waste collection since his arrival in Liberia a year ago at the Monrovia City Forum on Solid Waste Management.
Retracting his statement Friday, he said the comments were meant as a wake-up call to Monrovians to change their practices of littering and to improve the waste management system that is financially supported by the European Union and implemented by the city, community-based enterprises and SMEs, and other stakeholders.
He said in no way were his remarks intended to ridicule anyone or to affect the reputation of the beautiful capital city of Liberia, adding that it was not his intention to take a political stance that would be absolutely contrary to his ethics and mission as a diplomat.
Ambassador Delahousse however maintained that the European Union will remain engaged with the City of Monrovia and the Government of Liberia to improve the lives of citizens of the capital city and of all Liberians.