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UN military chiefs meeting in Liberia condemn coup in Mauritania

Posted by African Press International on August 23, 2008

The United Nations military force commanders in the West Africa sub-region Thursday concluded their 16th quarterly meeting in Monrovia with a condemnation of the recent coup in Mauritania.

The commanders of the United Nations Mission in Cote dIvoire (ONUCI), the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said they were jointly monitoring the situation in Mauritania.

Addressing a press conference following their one-day meeting, the military chiefs described security in the region as “good but fragile”, adding that necessary steps should be taken to prevent it from degenerating.

They told reporters that the issues of the proliferation of arms, drugs and child trafficking, along with the increase in food prices were prime issues discussed at the meeting.

We are cooperating and collaborating to ensure security is maintained in the region. What happens in one country affects the other, thus making it necessary for us to meet and discuss what has happened and then formulate strategy to address it, UNMIL acting Force Commander Major General Carl Setorwu Mordy said following the meeting.

He also indicated that they are building the capacity of security forces in the respective countries they are operating in to enable them handle their security upon the departure of the UN missions.



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