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UN Security Council lifts arms embargo on Liberia

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The United Nations Security Council has lifted arms embargo imposed on Liberia.

The Council is quoted as saying its decision is based on Liberia’s successful stabilization more than a decade after fourteen years of civil conflict, killing nearly two hundred fifty thousand people.

The fifteen-nation Council unanimously took the decision Wednesday, May 25, 2016 and adopted a resolution because of the sustained progress made by the Liberian Government in rebuilding the country.

The UN has also dissolved its Sanctions Committee and Panel of Experts who successfully monitored the implementation of the arms embargo on Liberia since 2003.

In 1989, former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, launched a full-scale war on the Liberian Government during the regime of the late Liberian President, Samuel Kanyon Doe.  

The Liberian Civil War, perpetrated by descendants of freed American slaves, left the country devastated

.Mr. Taylor was sentenced in 2012 to 50 years in prison for his role in atrocities he committed in neighboring Sierra Leone during its civil was from 1991 to 2002.

In 2005, the UN Security Council also lifted travel ban and freed assists of individuals deemed dangerous to Liberia’s stability.  In a related development, the United States Government has also lifted economic sanctions on Liberia.


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