The Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone until 31 March 2014, by when it should be fully drawn down and its responsibilities transferred to the UN country team.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to keep the 15-member body regularly informed of the developments on the ground in the country and to submit a report, no later than 15 September 2013, providing an update on the planned completion of the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL).

In a recent report to the Council, Mr. Ban wrote that the next 12 months are “critical” for the mission to consolidate the gains it has accomplished so far by refocusing its mandate on the three main remaining areas.