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Sierra Leoneans have been urged to place national interests above all other interests as they rebuild their country following the civil war that ended in 2002.
The call was made by Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General for Sierra Leone who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday on the work of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the country (UNIPSIL).
UNIPSIL was established in 2008 to help Sierra Leone in post conflict recovery, democratic transition and peace consolidation.
Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said the country has made remarkable strides but there are four key challenges linked to the root causes of the war that require sustained attention and support.
"These are, one, pervasive poverty and unemployment especially among the youth, two, endemic corruption, three, upholding the rule of law and four, the need for the authorities to widen the political space. The ongoing constitutional review process and the implementation of the agenda for prosperity are important opportunities in this regard. Addressing the remaining challenges requires the joint efforts of all Sierra Leoneans to work together and to place the national interests above all other interests." (29")
The mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the country (UNIPSIL) ends on 31 March.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.