UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for another year.
The Security Council "decides that the mandate of UNMIL shall be extended until 30 September 2014," said a resolution adopted by the 15-nation body.
The resolution reaffirmed that UNMIL's primary tasks are to continue to support the Government in order to solidify peace and stability in Liberia and to protect civilians.
While emphasizing that the government of Liberia bears primary and ultimate responsibility for security and the protection of its population, the Council praised the cooperation between the government and UNMIL at the first phase of the mission's military drawdown in accordance with a resolution adopted last year.
The military drawdown will be conducted in three phases between August 2012 and July 2015, leaving UNMIL's military strength at approximately 3,750 personnel in the end.
The Security Council also said that future reconfigurations of UNMIL should be determined on the basis of the evolution of the situation on the ground. At this time, the nation still faces significant challenges.
"Long-term stability will require the government of Liberia to develop and sustain a self-sufficient, capable, and competent security sector to build the confidence of all Liberians," said the resolution.
UNMIL was set up in 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement after a civil war killed almost 150,000 Liberians -- mostly civilians -- and forced some 850,000 others to flee to neighboring countries.