The United Nations announced the end of the peacekeeping mission in Liberia and the start of a conclusion “blue helmets”. This message is issued by the press service of the UN.
For the first time in 13 years the security forces of the country took control of security in the country. Peacekeepers on the territory of the country was introduced in 2003 during the civil war, to strengthen peace in the state.
UN Secretary General ban Ki-moon noted that the strengthening of security and stability in Liberia allowed the UN to terminate its peacekeeping activity in the country.
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We will remind, in June 2003, the Special Court of the UN on the conflict in Sierra Leone issued a warrant for the arrest of the dictator of Liberia, Charles Taylor, on suspicion of involvement in war crimes during the civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. After two months Taylor fled from Liberia to Nigeria, which gave to the Tribunal in 2006. In April 2012 he was sentenced to 50 years in prison for complicity in crimes against humanity.
In November last year in light of Liberia’s progress in building democracy and the development of the administrative institutions of the United States lifted sanctions against the country.
Note that in the peacekeeping missions in Liberia, there are Ukrainian units, in particular there are several works of Ukrainian helicopters and their crews and maintenance technicians – about 300 people.