CHAIRMAN OF TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT ASKS SECURITY COUNCIL TO LIFT SANCTIONS ON LIBERIA
Council Members Highlight Importance of Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration Process in Furthering Peace, Stability
VADIM SMIRNOV (Russian Federation) said that serious tasks remained in Liberia's path to lasting peace and stability. He supported the efforts of the Transitional Government to establish lasting peace and stability. Priority tasks in that regard included questions relating to security, the DDR process and preparations for the 2005 elections. He wanted to know how the Government was dealing with the establishment of a new national army. What elements would enter into it and approximately what would be its size? Also, the Secretary-General's report had made a reference to the transport of heavy weapons throughout the country. He requested further information on that matter.