Security Council members prepare for mission to West AfricaListen /
The 15 members of the Security Council are set for a three-country trip to West Africa on Friday evening.
The Council members are scheduled to visit Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone and to meet with the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky says in Liberia, the ambassadors will review what the UN mission is doing there and meet President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
From there, they plan to proceed to Côte d'Ivoire where they will meet President Alassane Ouattara and members of the National Assembly.
"They will travel to Guiglo in the west of the country, where they will be briefed on security and humanitarian issues. From there, the Ambassadors will fly back into Liberia, to Zwedru where they will meet Ivorian refugees. The delegation will return to Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire by plane. The 15 Members of the Security Council are also due to hold a meeting with ECOWAS to discuss regional issues. The delegation will travel from Côte d'Ivoire to Sierra Leone, the last country on the three-country trip."
Mr. Nesirky says in Sierra Leone the ambassadors will meet President Ernest Bai Koroma and hold a round table meeting with all political parties, before returning to New York on 24th May.