Security Council Renews UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday hailing the transfer of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor to a UN-backed court and extending the UN peacekeeping operation in Liberia for six months.
Unanimously passing the British-drafted resolution, the 15-nation council renewed the mandate of the UN force UNMIL until Sept. 30. UNMIL was created in September 2003 to help stabilize the situation in the West African nation following an end of 14 years of civil war.
The resolution praised Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo for handing over Taylor, an indicted war crimes suspect, to the custody of the Special Court for Sierra Leone early this week.
But the resolution did not mention the request by officials of the special court that Taylor be moved to The Hague, Netherlands for trial for security reasons. Taylor is charged with war crimes against humanity and other grave crimes committed during the country's 1991-1992 civil war.
UNMIL, currently the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the world, has nearly 17,000 troops, military observers and police officers.
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