AU calls for adherence to Liberian peace process

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary session of the African Union's Executive Council, which ended here Monday, called on the international community to financially support programmes related to disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration (DDR), humanitarian operations and reconstruction in Liberia.
"The Executive Council urged AU member States and members of the international community in general, especially those who made pledges at the donors' conference of February 2004 in New York, to provide all the assistance possible," said a resolution adopted by African foreign ministers.
The Council also called for "generous" contribution to all humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in Liberia.
The resolution urged various parties involved in the peace process to complete, as soon as possible, the DDR (disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration) process which is of "crucial importance".
Besides, it prevailed on the United Nations Mission in Liberia, the transitional government and leaders of former political and military factions in the country to do everything to prevent the movement of ex-fighters and weapons to neighbouring countries, in order to safeguard the current peace processes in West Africa.
The AU Executive Council also warned all Liberian parties to observe the deadline of October 2005 provided in the comprehensive peace agreement for the holding of general elections.
Finally, African foreign ministers called on the UN Security Council to lift the ban on the sale of Liberian diamonds and timber "in order to enable the government of Liberia to meet its commitments, in particular with regard to rehabilitation and reconstruction programmes".

06 july 2004 12:05:00

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