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UN Security Council Extends UNMIL Stay In Liberia
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, September 15 (LINA) – The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of its Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to December 31, 2016.
The extension is in keeping with Resolution 2239 of 2015 which calls for periodic review of developments in Liberia.
The Council affirmed its readiness to set the authorized ceiling of UNMIL military and police components, based on the Council’s review by December 15 at 1,240 and 606 respectively as well as consider Liberia’s overall capacity to ensure stability and security conditions on the ground.
The Council welcomed the Liberian Government overall progress towards sustaining peace, security and stability in Liberia and commended the government in particular the Liberia National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and the Armed Forces of Liberia for assuming full security responsibility from UNMIL on June 30.
The Council stressed that lasting stability requires that the Liberian Government maintains well-functioning, accountable and responsive national institutions to provide for the rule of law and to promote national reconciliation.
The Council, however, expressed concern over the lack of sufficient progress on the part of the government in this regard and called on member countries and multilateral organizations to enhance assistance as this is potential for conflict over Liberia’s natural resources and land ownership disputes, among others.
The Council is therefore encouraging all stakeholders to facilitate peaceful and inclusive elections in Liberia, stressing that the responsibility for the conduct of a free, fair and transparent elections in 2017 rest with the government.
The Council is also calling on the Liberian Government to strengthen security and other cooperation with and among governments and organizations of the sub-region as well as inter-mission cooperation between UNMIL, the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the United Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Meanwhile, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., Ambassador Lewis G. Brown, has welcomed the Council's decision and praised UNMIL for its outstanding role in maintaining peace and stability in Liberia.
Ambassador Brown assured the Security Council of the government’s commitment to peace and stability of the Liberia, according to a dispatch from the Liberian Mission to the UN.