UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. is moving ahead with the downsizing of its peacekeeping force in Liberia as the country’s threat from Ebola appears to be fading.
The U.N. Security Council in the coming days is expected to vote on a draft resolution that would cut force levels to 5,105 by September, down from 5,743 at the end of February.
The draft resolution also says Liberia would take over full security responsibilities from the force by the end of June 2016.
As the Ebola outbreak raged in November, Liberia asked the council not to reduce the force, calling it a “critical stabilizing factor” as the epidemic threatened peace in the west African country.
But Liberia currently has no Ebola patients. The draft commends Liberia’s government for “responding effectively” to the outbreak.