Cablegate: Sierra Leone: Unipsil Mandate Renewal


DE RUEHC #4943 2550002
O 112344Z SEP 09



E.O. 12958: N/A

1. USUN is instructed to join consensus on the UN Security
Council Resolution on Sierra Leone to be adopted on September
15 (para 2). USUN should refer any further substantive
changes on the Resolution to the Department prior to joining
consensus for adoption.

2. Begin text:

The Security Council,

Recalling its previous resolutions and the Statements of its
President concerning the situation in Sierra Leone, in
particular resolution 1829 (2008),

Commending the valuable contribution that the United Nations
Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) has
made to peacebuilding efforts and to the country,s peace,
security and development,

Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General dated 1
September 2009 (S/2009/438) and his recommendation that the
mandate of UNIPSIL be extended for a period of one year until
30 September 2010, with a view to providing continued
peacebuilding assistance to the Government of Sierra Leone,

Emphasising the importance of continued integrated support of
the United Nations system and the international community for
the long-term peace, security and development of Sierra
Leone, particularly through strengthening the capacity of the
Government of Sierra Leone,

Welcoming the Government,s Agenda for Change as the core
strategic document for the country for the period until the
end of 2012, and calling upon all international partners to
align their assistance with the priorities outlined in the
Agenda for Change,

Commending UNIPSIL and the United Nations Country Team for
articulating a new and innovative approach to peacebuilding
in the United Nations Joint Vision document, welcoming the
integration of the political mandate of UNIPSIL with the
development and humanitarian mandates of the United Nations
Country Team, and encouraging all United Nations entities in
Sierra Leone to continue to implement the Joint Vision

Welcoming the political parties, Joint Communiqu of 2 April
2009 and its contribution towards the immediate cessation of
the political violence in Sierra Leone, and calling upon all
political parties and other relevant actors to adhere to its
provisions and ensure its implementation,

Reiterating its appreciation for the work of the
Peacebuilding Commission and welcoming the outcome of its
Special High-Level Session on Sierra Leone on 10 June 2009,
which articulated a roadmap for the Commission,s continued
engagement with Sierra Leone in alignment with the
Government,s Agenda for Change,

Reiterating its appreciation for the work of the Special
Court for Sierra Leone, stressing the importance of the trial
of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the Court, as
well as effective outreach on the trial at local levels,
welcoming the progress made in other trials, reiterating its
expectation that the Court will finish its work as soon as
possible, and calling upon Member States to contribute to the

Welcoming the role played by the Economic Community of West
African States, and encouraging the Member States of the Mano
River Union and other regional organisations to continue
promoting regional peace and security,

1. Decides to extend the mandate of UNIPSIL, as set out in
resolution 1829 (2008), until 30 September 2010;

2. Emphasizes the importance for UNIPSIL of achieving
jointly with the UN country team the objectives of the Joint
Vision within their respective mandates and, in particular,
focusing on providing support to the Government of Sierra
Leone in its efforts regarding constitutional reform,
building police capacity, tackling corruption, illicit drug
trafficking and organized crime, as well as addressing youth
unemployment, supporting the preparations for the 2012
elections, and assisting the work of the Peacebuilding
Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund;

3. Encourages the Executive Representative of the
Secretary-General to pursue his action to enhance the
integration and effectiveness of United Nations efforts on
the ground in support of the implementation of the Joint
Vision in Sierra Leone and of the recovery and development
priorities of the Government and people of Sierra Leone;

4. Calls upon the Secretary-General to develop a set of
benchmarks for the transition of UNIPSIL into a UN Country
Team presence, taking into account those already agreed upon
by the government and the UN in the Joint Vision for Sierra
Leone, and the particular challenges involved in preparing
for the 2012 elections, to keep these under active review,
and regularly report on progress to the Security Council;

5. Emphasizes that the Government of Sierra Leone bears
primary responsibility for peacebuilding, security and
long-term development in the country, and encourages the
Government of Sierra Leone to continue the implementation of
the Agenda for Change, the Peacebuilding Commission to follow
actively developments and mobilize international support as
needed, and existing as well as potential new international
donors to provide support to the Government;

6. Calls upon the Government of Sierra Leone, UNIPSIL and
all other stakeholders in the country to increase their
efforts to promote good governance, including through
continued measures to combat corruption, improve
accountability, promote the development of the private sector
to generate wealth and employment opportunities, intensify
efforts against drug trafficking and strengthen the judiciary
and promote human rights, including through implementation of
the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission and sustaining support to the National Human
Rights Commission;

7. Emphasizes the important role of women in the
prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peacebuilding,
as recognised in resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008),
underlines that a gender perspective should be taken into
account in implementing all aspects of the mandate of
UNIPSIL, and encourages UNIPSIL to work with the Government
of Sierra Leone in this regard,

8. Requests that the Secretary-General keep the Council
informed every six months of progress made in the
implementation of the mandate of UNIPSIL and this resolution;

9. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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