‘Significant Progress Made by Liberia’

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council Wednesday, May 25, voted to lift the last remaining international sanctions against Liberia. Speaking after removing the sanctions, the spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated: “Today’s lifting by the Security Council of the remaining arms embargo on non-state actors further signals the significant progress made by Liberia and the sub-region in maintaining stability.” The Security Council’s move is seen as further demonstration of support and confidence in the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government, which has done all to keep the peace following years of civil conflict. Liberia has now gone more than 10 years of peace and stability. Before Wednesday’s action, the Council had been steadily removing the targeted actions that it levied on the country at the end of its 15-year bloody civil war in 2003, when former President Charles Taylor stepped down and went into exile.The resolution adopted by the 15-member UNSC, which is the most powerful body within the UN System, terminated an arms embargo on armed groups and dissolved its committee and panel of experts, who monitored the sanctions it had imposed on Liberia.Few years after the country’s civil war had ended, the UN lifted the ban on timber exports, which along with diamonds, according to the UN, had helped finance the conflict.The Security Council imposed the arms and diamond embargoes on Liberia in 2001 to stop government’s revenues from those industries from being used to fuel the war; and in 2003, it added a ban on a major export, timber. The timber sanctions were lifted in 2006; the diamond sanctions in 2007.Gradually terminating its targeted sanctions, the Council last September ended a travel ban and asset freeze on designated individuals and entities. Prominent on that asset freeze and travel ban list were close associates of Mr. Charles Taylor.Removing the sanctions, the Council encouraged Liberia to adopt laws to control its arms and ammunition and take other measures to combat illicit weapons trafficking.Calls placed to Liberia’s Permanent Mission at the UN headquarters Wednesday went unanswered. However, Mr. Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberia’s Ambassador to Washington, told this newspaper that Wednesday was a good day for all Liberians to celebrate.“This is a strong indication that Liberia is back among the comity of nations. I believe that all Liberians wherever they are, should celebrate this news,” Ambassador Sulunteh added. Speaking Thursday, May 26, to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Defense Minister Brownie Samukai welcomed the move and assured that Liberia will do all it can to maintain the peace.Minister Samukai further stated that Liberia has gone through an extensive security sector reform and that the nation now has an excellent relationship with its neighbors – Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast.On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry issued a release in which the Charge d’Affaires, a. i. of the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations commended the UNSC for lifting the remaining sanctions on Liberia.Mr. George Patten acknowledged that the targeted sanctions on key individuals, the arms embargo and a ban on the export of Liberian timber and rough diamonds were well placed. Mr. Patten referred to the sanctions regime as having contributed, in large measure, to the stabilization of the country and also stimulated post-conflict economic recovery. The Charge d’Affaires informed the UNSC that the Liberian government, despite capacity constraints, cooperated very effectively with them and remained constructively engaged with the panel of experts in meeting their expectations, which according to him, provided the government the opportunity to make the country a safe and stable place for all Liberians as well as foreign residents. On some of the specific concerns previously raised by the Security Council including the enactment of relevant laws to regulate fire arms, Mr. Patten pointed out that the 53rd National Legislature recently passed the Fire Arms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015 which provides the legal framework for the management of arms in the country. In addition, he further informed the Council of the passage of the Police and Immigration Acts, as compliments to the Fire Arms and Ammunition Control Act.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact An open letter from Carson Palmer.Carson calls it a career » https://t.co/3tkaqIqQaD#CheersToCarson pic.twitter.com/9m8Qs5yWpQ— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 2, 2018The announcement comes a day after head coach Bruce Arians announced his on Monday.Like Arians, Palmer is calling it a career after five years with the Cardinals. Top Stories Palmer was acquired from the Oakland Raiders on April 2, 2013, for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.In his first season, Palmer led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record. His 4,274 yards passing that season made him the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards for three different teams.The 2014 season would be the first haunted by injuries. Two days after he received a three-year $50 million extension, he re-tore his ACL against the St. Louis Rams and would miss the rest of the season. Even without Palmer, the Cardinals would reach the playoffs with a record of 11-5, falling to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round.Palmer would have the best season of his career in 2015. His 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns were a franchise record. He went 13-3 as a starter, making his third Pro Bowl.For his success, he received one vote for the NFL’s MVP award, with one other vote going to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the other 48 going to the award winner, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.He helped lead the Cardinals to a 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round, him and Arians’ lone playoff win in the Valley. In that game, Palmer went 25-of-41 for 349 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His 75-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald opened overtime and a five-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald two plays later won the game. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement Tuesday.The Cardinals tweeted out an open letter from Palmer. Palmer’s 2016 saw him regress down to 4,233 yards with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The team went 7-8-1.This season, Palmer played in seven games, throwing for 1,978 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. He sat out the rest of the season after breaking his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7.The 38-year-old threw for more than 46,000 yards and 294 touchdowns in his 15-year career.Some of his many Cardinals records include the most seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards (three) and most games with 400 or more passing yards (three).Palmer signed a one-year extension in 2016 that would have had him play through the 2018 season.Cardinals quarterbacks Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley are not all under contract for next season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field injured during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) 78 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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