Talk:United Nations Mission in Liberia

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UNOMIL vs. UNMIL[edit]


This is a very misleading article. There were TWO separate UN peacekeeping missions in Liberia, not one as this article would lead the reader to believe. The first was UNOMIL, established in 1993 and disbanded shortly after the election of Charles Taylor to the presidency of Liberia in 1997. The second was UNMIL, without an 'O', which was a MUCH LARGER peacekeeping mission with an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MANDATE which was established in 2003, when Charles Taylor went into exile. This article confuses the two and clearly leads the reader to believe that they were the exact same mission, which they were not. This article doesn't differentiate between them... again, these missions were radically different from one another. Until this undergoes substantial revision (probably being split into two separate articles) it needs to be clearly marked as saying it is misleading. --The Way 17:16, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

I did some wikifying of this article but didn't check the factual content. We need someone with detailed knowledge of the subject to contribute Bluewave 21:05, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
I wrote a 25 page paper analyzing and discussing the two separate missions about two years ago. If I have time tonight I'll drag it out and try to sort out some of the mess this article is. It'll probably take a few days... very complex subject. --The Way 15:10, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
Not misleading, just incomplete. The info architecture on Wikipedia for UN missions is improving slowly, I think, but representing continuity and overlap of UN involvement is tricky. See the East Timor pages, where there are 5 missions! Tlongers (talk) 08:46, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

The article does appear to make the distinction, perhaps you've overlooked it. I'll cite the pertinent paragraps directly bellow:

After ECOWAS brokered a peace agreement in Cotonou, Benin, in 1993, the Security Council established the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL). Its task was to support ECOMOG in implementing the Cotonou peace agreement - especially compliance with and impartial implementation of the agreement by all parties. UNOMIL was the first United Nations peacekeeping mission undertaken in cooperation with a peacekeeping operation already established by another organization.

Delays in the implementation of the peace agreement and resumed fighting among Liberian factions made it impossible to hold elections in February/March 1994, as scheduled. In the following months, a number of supplementary peace agreements, amending and clarifying the Cotonou agreement, were negotiated. With the ceasefire in force, the United Nations successfully observed the conduct of the elections in July 1997. Mr. Charles Taylor was elected President. Following his inauguration on 2 August 1997, President Taylor formed a new Government and announced a policy of reconciliation and national unity. UNOMIL's principal objective was achieved.

That said, creating an entry on UNOMIL is a good idea, and I encourage you to do so. Regards, El_C 13:50, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

Though I may be mistaken, I believe the above quoted paragraphs have been added since I posted before. If you'll notice, the post of mine which you are replying to is over 9 months old... --The Way 02:49, 8 December 2006 (UTC)

I am new at this Wiki thing, but both authors above failed to mention that almost all of the UNMIL page is directly lifted from the UN website (i.e. plagiarism). It seems pretty sad that whoever created the page did not give credit to the UN website. If you want to fact check this article, just go to to the UN website and you will find a duplicate of this article. CD —Preceding unsigned comment added by Denckla (talkcontribs) 01:12, 28 October 2009 (UTC)


There are 8 Translations of this article, but no a single one in an african language. Kann someone translate? HBR2 (talk) 03:58, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

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