Expected Council Action
The Secretary-General’s report on the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), scheduled for 31 August, is the first since the Council decided to refer Sierra Leone to the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). It is expected that the Council will delay consultations until the PBC has had its first country-specific meeting on Sierra Leone, which was originally scheduled for early September, but may now be postponed to early October.
The mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to provide security for the Special Court for Sierra Leone will expire on 30 September. Council members are likely to renew it in the context of discussions on UNMIL’s mandate. (See our brief on Liberia in this issue.)
Charles Taylor has been transferred to the Netherlands, where he will be tried in a special outpost of the Special Court for Sierra Leone located at the International Criminal Court. The United Kingdom has agreed to provide prison facilities after his trial if he is convicted.
The key issue for the Council will be whether the security situation on the ground remains stable. Provided the current calm continues, the Council is likely to prefer leaving the remaining issues in the hands of the PBC.
The Secretary-General’s April report mentions a number of potentially destabilising factors which include corruption, high unemployment rates and increasing tension in areas along the Sierra Leone-Guinea border. In light of the upcoming elections in 2007, the elimination of corruption in the police force is also likely to be a critical point.
|Selected Security Council Resolutions|
|Selected Secretary-General’s Report|
|Selected Presidential Statement|
For a complete historical background, please refer to our April 2006 Forecast.
Other Relevant Facts
|UNIOSIL Executive Representative of the Secretary-General|
|Victor da Silva Ângelo (Portugal)|
|Size and Composition of Mission|
Total budgeted staff of 298, comprising 82 international staff, 192 local staff and 24 UN volunteers
|Estimated resource requirements for 2006 are $23.3 million|
|1 January 2006 to present, current mandate expires 1 January 2007|
Trying Charles Taylor in The Hague: Making Justice Accessible to Those Most Affected, Human Rights Watch, June 2006.
Information on the Charles Taylor trial on the Special Court website.