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Security Council extends UNMIL’s mandate for 3 months

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Security Council votes on UNMIL mandate's extension
Security Council votes on UNMIL mandate's extension

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to the end of 2016.

The Security Council’s decision to extend UNMIL’s mandate was taken Wednesday morning, September 14, 2016 in New York, the United States.

The release quotes the Council as having reaffirmed its readiness to consider withdrawing the operations and transitioning to a future UN presence, following a proposed mid-November review of situation in Liberia.

It also says with the unanimous adoption of a new resolution, the Council decided that the authorized ceilings of the Mission’s military and police components remain at 1, 240 and 606 personnel, respectively.

The Council recalled its request for the Secretary-General to conduct an assessment mission to Liberia to provide recommendations and up-date on the proposed modalities regarding the transfer of the regional quick reaction force by 15th November, 2016.

Briefing the Council in late August, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMIL, Farid Zarif, said: “Many Liberians are concerned about the prospect of the Mission’s withdrawal and potential lack of UN support during the October 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.”

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

“Both the Government of Liberia and the international community must not lose sight of the still difficult path to sustainable peace in the country and the region.”

“This will require long-term robust engagement by all concerned, particularly by this august Council,” the UN SRSG in Liberia emphasized.



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