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Security Council extends term of UN office in Sierra Leone as elections approach

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) by another year and agreed to temporarily increase its staff numbers to help with presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for next July.

US lawyer appointed Chief Prosecutor for UN-backed court in Sierra Leone

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone announced today that it has appointed an experienced lawyer from the United States as its next Chief Prosecutor.

Annan urges 1-year extension of UN office in Sierra Leone where challenges remain

Sierra Leone “continues to make progress in its peacebuilding efforts” but still faces major challenges in rebuilding, particularly ahead of next year’s elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, as he called for the mandate of the UN integrated office to be extended until December 2007.

UN’s Peacebuilding Commission recommends Sierra Leone for Fund support

At its first ever country-specific meeting, the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission has decided to recommend war-ravaged Sierra Leone for support from a newly established Fund set up earlier this week to assist countries emerging from conflict to rebuild and prevent them falling back into bloodshed.

Sierra Leone faces real threats to stability despite solid progress – Annan

Despite significant progress, Sierra Leone faces numerous threats to its stability as it continues on the path to recovery from the disastrous and brutal civil war that engulfed the country in the 1990s, according to a new report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Annan visits war crimes court in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with United Nations officials and peacekeepers in Sierra Leone as well as with the president of the small West African country that the world body helped to nurse back to peace and stability after a disastrous and brutal civil war.

Sierra Leone: Youth unemployment, corruption must be curbed says Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged Sierra Leone’s Government to deal with the increasing youth unemployment, rampant corruption, and growing border tension with Guinea, warning that unless these issues are dealt with the calm security situation that has prevailed in the West African country since last year’s departure of the UN peacekeeping mission could be destabilized.

UN Sierra Leone peacekeepers protecting Special Court replaced by UN Liberia forces

With the recent departure of United Nations forces serving in Sierra Leone, a contingent of Mongolian troops based in Liberia has been assigned to protect the Special Court in Freetown set up to try those guilty of war crimes in the country over the past decade.