Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Liberia: disarmament begins but rebels hold on to guns

The United Nations formally launched a disarmament campaign in Liberia on Monday, with two of the three warring factions insisting that they would not hand in their guns until a row over government jobs was settled.

... [UN rep] Klein has categorically refused to link disarmament to jobs in the broad-based transitional government led by Gyude Bryant ...

... The problem is that while the August peace agreement allocates five ministerial posts and the control of several parastatal corporations to each of the warring factions, it is silent about how a total of 86 assistant minister posts and the number two positions in public sector organisations should be filled. (link)
The first of three demobilisation camps will open on Sunday.