Africa 15.9.2016 11:25 am

UN extends Liberian mandate

The authorised ceilings of the UN Mission’s military and police components will remain at 1 240 and 606 personnel, respectively.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has extended its mandate in Liberia.

The UNSC confirmed on Wednesday morning with the unanimous adoption of a new resolution that the UN Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) mandate would be extended until the end of the year.

The authorised ceilings of the Mission’s military and police components will remain at 1 240 and 606 personnel, respectively.

Affirming its readiness to consider the withdrawal of UNMIL and transition to a future United Nations presence, the Council recalled its request that its secretary-general Ban Ki-moon conduct an assessment mission to Liberia to provide recommendations by November 15, including an update on the proposed modalities regarding the transfer of the regional quick reaction force.

Briefing the Council in late August, Farid Zarif, special representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMIL, said many Liberians were concerned about the prospect of the Mission’s withdrawal and potential lack of UN support during the October 2017 presidential and legislative elections.

“There is a consensus among national actors that the next elections will be a critical test for Liberia’s stability, democracy and development,” Zarif said.

He emphasised that both the government of Liberia and the international community must not lose sight of the still arduous path to sustainable peace in the country and the region, which “will require long-term robust engagement by all concerned, particularly by this August Council”.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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