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The UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN SIERRA LEONE (UNAMSIL) was a United Nations peacekeeping operation in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
from 1999 to 2006. It was created by the United Nations Security Council in October 1999 to help with the implementation of the Lomé Peace Accord
Lomé Peace Accord
, an agreement intended to end the Sierra Leonean civil war . UNAMSIL expanded in size several times in 2000 and 2001. It concluded its mandate at the end of 2005, the Security Council having declared that its mission was complete.

The mandate was notable for authorizing UNAMSIL to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence (albeit "within its capabilities and areas of deployment") - a return to a more proactive style of UN peacekeeping.

UNAMSIL replaced a previous mission, the United Nations
United Nations
Observer Mission in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
(UNOMSIL).

According to Security Council Resolution 1270 of 22 October 1999 which established the operation, UNAMSIL had the following mandate:

* To cooperate with the Government of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
and the other parties to the Peace Agreement in the implementation of the Agreement * To assist the Government of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
in the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration plan * To that end, to establish a presence at key locations throughout the territory of Sierra Leone, including at disarmament/reception centres and demobilization centres * To ensure the security and freedom of movement of United Nations personnel * To monitor adherence to the ceasefire in accordance with the ceasefire agreement (whose signing was witnessed by Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
) * To encourage the parties to create confidence-building mechanisms and support their functioning * To facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance * To support the operations of United Nations