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Date:28 Mar 2012
Sierra Leone: Politicians tasked to put national interest first - UN Envoy


 
Ahead of presidential elections later this year and amidst reports of the importation of assault weapons, the outgoing head of the UN Integrated Peace building Mission in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) Michael Von Der Schulenburg called on the diamond rich country’s political establishment to put the country’s national interests ahead of its own political ambitions.
 
According to Michael Von der Schulenburg “The forthcoming elections in November will be the major challenge for the country‘s nascent democracy”. The UN envoy added “Sierra Leone must pass this crucial test in its history without allowing the demons of the past to re-emerge.”
 
Michael von der Schulenburg, in a statement to the Security Council, noted that that the main political opposition has its own “considerable historical baggage” and should “help to dissuade existing mistrust and allay fears that may linger about any ill-perceived intention.”

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