UNSC ends 13-year-old sanctions on Liberia

NEW YORK, May 25 (KUNA) — UN Security Council terminated with immediate effect sanctions on Liberia, including the remaining arms embargo and the dissolution of both the committee and Panel of experts established on that matter.
Unanimously, the 15-member body adopted resolution 2288, affirming that the Government of Liberia bears primary responsibility for protecting all populations within its territory, stressing that lasting stability in Liberia will require the Government to sustain “effective and accountable” government institutions, particularly in the rule of law and security sectors.
Following the adoption, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement welcoming the termination, and 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 subregion in maintaining stability,” he added.
The UN Chief echoed in his statement, the call in resolution 2288 on the Government of Liberia 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. (end) mao.bs

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