Security Council mission heads to West Africa to observe peace operations
Among the mission’s goals was to observe the UN peacekeeping operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom said at a press briefing. The other countries in the itinerary are Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria.
The Russian Federation was not being represented, according to a list Mr. Parry issued, but the Chairman of the UN Economic and Social Council’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Guinea-Bissau, South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, would join them in that country.
The 20 to 29 June mission would raise awareness of all UN activities in the region and ensure that the removal of a problem in one country did not result in its arrival in another, Ambassador Jones Parry said.
In Nigeria, the group would discuss West African issues with President Olusegun Obasanjo, but would not meet with exiled former Liberian President Charles Taylor since the Council’s views on the need to bring Mr. Taylor to justice were fairly clear.
In Côte d’Ivoire, the Council would deliver a tough message that all signatories of the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement must live up to their responsibilities and keep the national reconciliation process on track.
In Liberia, the Council would discuss the criteria the Transitional Government needed to meet to have Security Council sanctions lifted.
Video of press briefing [11mins]