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Sierra Leone has been described by the UN Secretary-General as one of the world's successful cases of recovery after a conflict.
Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters on Wednesday in the country's capital, Freetown where he attended the official closing ceremony of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL).
The Secretary-General said the event marked the end of more than 15 years of successive peace operations that played a critical role in supporting the country's "remarkable" transition from war to peace.
"Sierra Leone represents one of the world’s most successful cases of post-conflict recovery, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Here we have seen great strides towards peace, stability and long-term development." (18")
UNIPSIL will close down on 31March ending UN peace and political operations in Sierra Leone.
UN presence will then focus on supporting the economic development of the West African country.
There are 19 UN agencies and about 600 staff members in Sierra Leone.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.