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.