U.S. Diplomat Hails Effective Sanctions Against Liberia

David Pressman
David Pressman

(LINA) -The Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the UN, David Pressman, has said the effective sanctions regime in Liberia was “a testament of how progress can be achieved when such measures are taken with a clear purpose and determination to consolidate peace.

According to the U.S diplomat, the targeted sanctions were crafted in support of the Liberian Peace Agreement.

He urged the Liberian Government to work closely with its people to maintain peace and stability, and assured that his Government will continue to support Liberia’s post-war reconstruction process.

According to a dispatch from New York, he was speaking on Wednesday, May 25, at the U.N Security Council in New York following the lifting of sanctions against Liberia by the United Nations Security Council.

In separate remarks, the representatives of Japan, China and Ukraine, expressed support for the lifting of sanctions and praised the Government and people of Liberia for their steadfastness during the period.

They assured Liberia of their countries’ fullest support as Liberia assumes full responsibility of its own security.

The Security Council voted on Wednesday, May 25, to end sanctions and an arms embargo on Liberia, citing the country’s more than a decade of peace and stability after a 14-year civil war.

The decision formally dissolves the UN Liberia Sanctions Committee and Panel of Experts that monitored implementation of the arms embargo and other measures, most of which had been in place since 2003.

The UN first implemented a type of arms embargo for Liberia in 1992.

The Security Council last year lifted a travel ban and assets freeze on individuals deemed a danger to Liberia‘s stability.

The United States lifted its own economic sanctions on Liberia in November.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the end of sanctions on Liberia, calling it another signal of progress made by the country and the sub-region in maintaining stability.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.