United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is appealing for funds to help the Sierra Leonean military and police "quickly improve their overall capability and project a credible deterrence profile" as progress is made in consolidating peace in the West African country.
The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has stepped up around-the-clock air, land and river patrols along the West African country's borders with Guinea and Liberia to prevent illegal infiltration resulting from efforts to disarm former combatants in Liberia's civil wars.
The United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone announced today that it has formally dropped indictments against two prominent former rebel leaders, Foday Sankoh and Sam Bockarie, saying it has no doubt that the two men have died.
Sierra Leoneans have been returning home from Guinea by land this week, after a three-month hiatus due to the rainy season, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) said today.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed senior Tanzanian official Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago his new Special Representative for Sierra Leone, succeeding Oluyemi Adeniji, who recently became Nigeria's Foreign Minister.
Post-conflict Sierra Leone has made substantial progress in observing human rights and the United Nations mission is preparing to leave the country at the end of 2004, if certain benchmarks are met, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR).
The United Nations refugee agency today reported the repatriation, from Liberia, of the first group of Sierra Leoneans to return to their home country since the signing of a truce in August between the Liberian Government and two rebel groups.
The Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone will conduct its first hearings on Friday when defence counsel for a number of suspects, including former President Charles Taylor of Liberia, are expected to present arguments about immunity and other issues.
Troops from the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) have launched a joint border operation with local police and air force units, designed to increase security in the frontier with Liberia, and to enhance Sierra Leone’s armed forces’ capabilities.
A fragile peace in West Africa remains in jeopardy so long as exiled former President Charles Taylor of Liberia, indicted for war crimes, is at liberty in Nigeria and continues to intervene in Liberian politics, the prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone said today.