The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

"Weapons disposal in Liberia.

The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the successful completion, today" - and we see the date is 18 October 1999 - "of the weapons destruction programme in Liberia.

The exercise which begun on 25 July has involved the destruction of over 19,000 small and heavy calibre weapons and more than 3 million rounds of ammunition collected by the United Nations and ECOMOG during the disarmament exercise of 1996 to 1997.

The Secretary-General strongly believes that the weapons disposal in Liberia represents an important step towards curbing the dangerous proliferation of weapons in West Africa and towards enhancing confidence and cooperation among the countries and peoples of the region.

The Secretary-General expresses deep appreciation to all those who worked closely and tirelessly together to ensure the successful completion of this milestone exercise, in particular the Government of Liberia under the leadership of President Taylor, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and its monitoring group ECOMOG, the United Nations community, as well as those member states which provided the much needed financial assistance."

Now, can I ask, please, that that statement attributable to the spokesman of the Secretary-General on weapons disposal in Liberia, dated 18 October 1999, be marked for identification MFI-260, please.

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