The Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for another year.
The 15 member body unanimously adopted the resolution yesterday , urging the Government to develop effective security agencies in a country where 150,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed in a civil war that ended a decade ago.
It endorsed the continued drawdown of the mission’s military component agreed upon last year by a further 1,129 personnel by next September, with the goal of leaving UNMIL’s military strength at some 3,750 personnel by July 2015.
As of last July there were 5,757 UN peacekeeping troops in the West African country, where the world body has played a major role in restoring stability and democracy.
At the height of its operations, which began in 2003, UNMIL totalled more than 15,000 troops and well over 1,000 police personnel, and helped oversee two series of democratic elections after more than a decade of civil war which, beyond the death toll, drove 850,000 refugees into neighbouring countries, displaced scores of thousands more internally and inflicted untold damage on the nation’s infrastructure.