The UN Security Council extended the mandates for one year of the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and the world body's peacebuilding office in neighboring Sierra Leone. In its unanimously-adopted resolution on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the Council authorized the force to assist the West African nation with the 2011 general presidential and legislative polls by, among other measures, facilitating access to remote areas. The 15-member body also endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recommendation to implement the third state of UNMIL's drawdown, made in his most recent report on the mission. (UN News Service)

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