UN lifts Liberia sanctions

KAMPALA, May 26 (ANA) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday terminated an arms embargo against Liberia and dissolved the related mechanisms, namely the sanctions Committee and the expert panel.

The move followed acknowledgement of the sustained progress made on rebuilding Liberia after the 1999-2003 civil war.

The 15-nation body, through a unanimously adopted resolution, further encouraged the Liberian government to establish a necessary framework to combat the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition.

Following the Council’s action to lift the measures, most of which have been in place since 2003, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, welcomed the decision.

According to the statement, the UN chief noted that targeted sanctions measures have accompanied the consolidation of peace and the rebuilding of State institutions in Liberia since 2003, and that these measures have been progressively adjusted as Liberia has met the benchmarks set out by the Council.

“Today’s lifting by the Security Council of the remaining arms embargo on non-State actors further signals the significant progress made by Liberia and the sub-region in maintaining stability,” the statement said.

The Secretary-General echoed the resolution’s call on the Liberian government to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken to establish the necessary legal and administrative framework to combat the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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