Summary: H.Res.559 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/10/1998)

Urges the President and the Secretary of State to: (1) give high priority to solving the conflict in Sierra Leone and to bring stability to West Africa in general; (2) strictly enforce the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council and Revolutionary United Front rebel forces; (2) work with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nations to ensure there are sufficient African forces and arms provided to ECOMOG (ECOWAS's military peacekeeping arm); and (3) support the UN High Commission for Refugees appeal for aid to the Sierra Leone refugees in Guinea, Liberia, and other countries.

Urges the State Department and the UN to give the needed logistical support to ECOMOG and the Government of Sierra Leone to bring the conflict to a rapid conclusion.

Condemns the use of children as combatants in the conflict.

Urges the establishment of a secure humanitarian corridor to strategic areas in the north and east of Sierra Leone for the safe delivery of food and medicines by the Government of Sierra Leone and humanitarian agencies.

Urges the President and the State Department to: (1) support the UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations working in Sierra Leone to bring humanitarian relief and peace to the country; and (2) support the Government of Sierra Leone in its demobilization, disarmament, and reconstruction plan for the country.

Encourages and supports Olara Otunu, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, to continue in his efforts to work in Sierra Leone in the establishment of programs designed to rehabilitate child combatants.