West African security troubles U.N.

Sept. 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia remains prevalent in the country more than 10 years after the end of civil war, the United Nations said

The U.N. Security Council passed a unanimous resolution to extend the mandate for the U.N. Mission in Liberia for another year. The U.N. Mission in Liberia is ensuring the sustainability of a 2003 cease-fire ending a civil war in the country that left around 150,000 people dead.

The Security Council said the country has made progress on the political front, though criminal and national security challenges remained.

"Women and girls in Liberia continue to face a high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence," it said in a resolution published Wednesday.

The resolution called on the governments in Ivory Coast and Liberia to do more to ensure a state of security along their shared borders.

Ivorian conflict threatened to spill over the borders in 2010.

In a separate measure, U.N. special envoy for Sierra Leone Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen warned the country's own fragile peace required sincere commitments from the government.

More than 50,000 people were killed in a civil war that raged for more than a decade. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced last year by a U.N. special court to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity committed by rebel forces in the country during the conflict.

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