UN lifts arms embargo on Sierra Leone

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council is lifting a 13-year-old arms embargo against the small west African nation of Sierra Leone after being assured that the nation is sufficiently stable following the civil war that ended in 2002.
The 15-member council said Wednesday that it was removing the last UN sanctions on the country because the government had fully re-established control over its territory and former fighters had been successfully disarmed and demobilized.
Nevertheless, the council agreed that Sierra Leone still needed international support and extended the mandate of the country's UN peace building office by one year.
"Today's actions are important milestones in Sierra Leone's long recovery from war," US Ambassador Susan Rice said Wednesday, adding that the peace building office, "will play a critical role in Sierra Leone's continued progress toward development and stabilization."
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