Annan delays report on Liberias compliance with sanctions

In a letter to the President of the Council, Mr. Annan says that “in the light of the ongoing deployment of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and considering that the formation of the National Transitional Government of Liberia is still in the early stages,” he will defer the report until next year.He says the delay would “allow UNMIL and the National Transitional Government ample time to gather the requisite information and to conduct an assessment of the new circumstances on the ground with a view to providing inputs that would enable me to prepare the report.”The letter released today was the second such deferment. The previous delay, announced in April, was caused by the evacuation of UN teams at the time, Mr. Annan says.Yesterday Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins of Angola, the President of the Security Council, said the security situation in Liberia was too fragile to lift sanctions imposed in 2001.He said the Council had asked its sanctions committee “to do a more thorough and more comprehensive review,” of the security situation in Liberia for further examination by the full 15-member body.

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