UN News, New York
The 15 member UN Security Council (UNSC) has excluded the Liberian government from an arms embargo enforced on the West African country since 2003.
Resolution 1903 was adopted unanimously on Thursday, altering the UNSC arms embargo in Liberia by allowing the government and the UN peacekeeping mission stationed in the country to receive certain military material until December 20, 2010.
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was told to keep a precise registry of the weapons and mark all government military material.
The resolution, however, extended the arms embargo for “non-governmental entities and individuals operating in the territory of Liberia,” as well as the travel ban on persons considered to be a threat to peace in Liberia.
The assets freeze imposed on Liberia’s former president Charles Taylor, his family and former associates was also renewed with a request that “all efforts necessary to enforce the freeze” be made.
Taylor was charged with 11 counts of war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leon’s civil war from 1991-2001. He is currently on trial at a UN-backed court in The Hague.
Liberia has witnessed two civil wars, the last conflict persisting for four years from 1999-2003.