The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has by resolution given the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) a new mandate as its operations draw to a close by June 30, 2016.
Accordingly, two senior officials of UNMIL will Wednesday brief journalists on the mission’s new mandate contained in the recent UNSC Resolution on Liberia.
The Liberia News Agency quoting an UNMIL media advisory issued in Monrovia Tuesday, said UNMIL Force Commander, Major-General Salihu Zaway Uba, and the Officer-in-Charge for Rule of Law and UN Police Commissioner, Greg Hinds, are expected to give details of the new mandate at a press briefing at UNMIL headquarters in Sinkor.
While renewing UNMIL’s mandate, the Security Council urged the Government of Liberia to intensify efforts toward achieving progress on the transition of security responsibilities from UNMIL to the national authorities, particularly with regard to prioritizing and resourcing the critical gaps to facilitate a successful transition.
The Security Council highlighted the significant challenges that Liberia still faces, including continuing problems with violent crime.
In particular, the Security Council expressed alarm over the high rates of sexual and gender-based violence, especially incidents targeting children.
By June 30, 2016, UNMIL’s authorized military strength will be reduced from 3,590 to 1,240 personnel while the authorized police strength will drop from 1,515 to 606 personnel.
After July 1, 2016, UNMIL will continue to support the Liberian security agencies to protect civilians in the event of a serious deterioration of the security situation that could risk a strategic reversal of peace and stability in the country, taking into account the Mission’s reduced capabilities and areas of deployment.