UN Security Council begins W. African tour on Friday
The 15 Members of the United Nations Security Council are expected to begin a week-long tour of the West African sub-region beginning this Friday, a UN statement said.
Liberia will be the first stop of the Security Council Ambassadors, who will also visit the Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone.
Besides their visits to the three West African nations, a meeting with the ECOWAS sub-regional bloc is also high on the agenda of the Council members, who will discuss regional issues regional issues.
These issues are sure to cover the post military coup crisis in Mali, where rebels are controlling the north and Guinea Bissau.
The UN statement added: “In Liberia, they will review progress in the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and will meet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
From Liberia, they will continue to Côte d’Ivoire where they will meet President Alassane Ouattara and representatives 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 delegation will travel from Côte d’Ivoire to Sierra Leone, the last country on the three-country trip. There the Ambassadors will meet President Ernest Bai Koroma and will hold a round table meeting with all political parties.
The delegation will return to New York on Thursday, 24th May."