Sierra Leone thanks international community for help in getting "on the right track"Listen /
The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) should be winding up its activities early next year.
On Tuesday the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution extending the office's mandate through 31 March 2014.
The Council requested that during this time, UNIPSIL should focus on facilitating political dialogue and supporting government efforts including a planned constitutional review and security sector reform.
Sierra Leone's ambassador to the UN, Shekou Touray, thanked the international community for its assistance.
"Mr. President, I've asked for the floor to put on record government's profound appreciation of the interest and efforts as well as the collective wisdom of Council in trying to put the country on the right track. We thank members of Council for the unanimity again shown in the adoption of the resolution just passed and want to assure Council of government's cooperation and commitment towards its full implementation. We look forward to a seamless transition and transformation— both structurally and functionally—of the UN peacebuilding efforts in the country."
The UN office has been in Sierra Leone since 2008, fostering peace and political consolidation in the aftermath of the country's civil war.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.