June in Akosombo, Ghana.  1. In view of the recent appointment of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Liberia, the Parties call for the urgent establishment of a United Nations general mission in Liberia, which will have the means to facilitate the implementation and coordination of the political, social, economic and security assistance to be extended under this Agreement. No negotiators or mediators participated in formal peace talks, although women civil society leaders were observers and 17 per cent of witnesses to the signing of the agreement were present. The process of establishing the NTGL was halted in early 2004, when appointments to deputy ministerial posts (a provision not included in the peace agreement) began.1 UNMIL took control of the ECOWAS regional peacekeeping mandate in 2003. On 1 August 2003, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1497 authorising the dispatch of a multinational force to Liberia prior to the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began deploying one force, ECOMIL, on 4 August 2003. At the beginning of September, 3500 soldiers were deployed as part of ECOMIL. The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) supported ECOMIL`s first intervention.
On 1 October 2003, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) assumed the peacekeeping functions of ECOMIL. To date, the 3,600 ECOMIL troops in Liberia have been assigned to UNMIL. .