UN Security Council Holds Liberian Government Liable For Protection Of Civilians

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) says it will hold the Government of Liberia primarily responsible to ensure peace, stability and the protection of its civilian population.

In a 16-count, six-page resolution passed recently, the Council said it is also holding government responsible for reforming the security sector, particularly the Liberia National Police (LNP) as the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down.

According to the draft UNMIL renewal document, the Council reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of Liberia.

In the resolution, it stressed the need for upholding the principles of good-neighborliness, non-interference and regional cooperation, considering the situation in the country.

It however stressed that lasting stability in Liberia will require the sustenance of well-functioning and accountable government institutions, especially in the security and justice sectors, as a way of building the confidence of citizens.

The Council has at the same time extolled the government for the progress it has made toward restoring peace, security and stability, while stressing the need to develop democratic processes and institutions and initiate important reforms.

The council in its recent resolution also noted the role and support of the international community to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and the resilience of the people and Government of Liberia and its security institutions, and called on all Liberian stakeholders to intensify momentum towards achieving greater social cohesion.

The Council said it looks forward to a comprehensive, inclusive constitutional review process as well as the development of the National Human Rights Action Plan and the implementation of the National Reconciliation Roadmap.

It, however, noted natural resources and disputes related to land ownership, as well as issues of corruption as potentials for conflict that could undermine stability and the effectiveness of government institutions.

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