Sierra Leone (United States, 21 May 2001)



            Statement by the President of the Security Council, Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Acting U.S.

      Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Stake-Out, May 21, 2001


      Ambassador Cunningham: The Council heard a briefing this morning from Assistant Secretary-General Annabi

      on the latest developments in Sierra Leone and welcomed that there were some positive developments to report,

      especially the agreement on the beginning of disarmament of RUF and CDF fighters in the Kambia district and

      their movement into disarmament and demobilization camps.  Also, that UNAMSIL was continuing its forward

      deployments and long range patrols.  We regarded that as positive and we took note of ECOWAS's continuing

      efforts in the region to promote this process.


      We also, on the other hand, noted that the RUF lacks credibility and must be held to its commitments; that there

      is still a long way to go; that the momentum to disarm and demobilize has to be maintained; and that UNAMSIL

      needs to remain vigilant.  Council members also noted the importance of the disarmament and demobilization

      program itself and encouraged support from the international community through donations to help it fulfill its role.

      Thank you.