Friday, 7 September 2007

UN scaling down

The flagship of the Ghanaian Navy, GNS Anzone, arrived in Monrovia early this week to supply Ghanaian peacekeepers. It swapped its load of trucks for tanks, which will be taken back to Ghana. The fragile peace of 2003 is slowly becoming more concrete, and whilst violent crime continues to rise (and is handled by the police) the threat of action by combatants continues to decrease, and most UN checkpoints have been removed. The UN is scheduled to begin reducing its force here from 15,000 peacekeepers to 9,000 during 2008, and the removal of the tanks and heavy armour is already well under way. Olly

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