MONROVIA, Liberia, March 20 (UPI) -- The United Nations is calling on the international community to sustain support for Liberia as the country continues to face significant obstacles to security.
Ellen Margrethe Loj, U.N. special representative to Liberia, said Thursday that despite a small measure of stability in the country, the Liberian government remains fragile. Loj said that Liberia needs support from the international community to continue recovering from a 14-year civil war and avoid a return to violence, the United Nations reported.
Loj cited specific concerns about the fragility of the entire West African region that is facing a serious threat from transnational criminal groups taking advantage of weak border security and fragile governments to smuggle illicit goods.
"While the situation along the borders has been calm during the reporting period, underlying tensions remain strong, in particular in relation to Guinea and Ivory Coast," Loj told the Security Council, according to the United Nations.
"(The U.N. Mission in Liberia), therefore, continues to monitor the border areas closely since there is no doubt that disturbance in one country can have an immediate negative effect in neighboring countries."