UNITED NATIONS, United States: The last remaining United Nations sanctions on Liberia were lifted on Wednesday in a decision the United States called a tangible sign of progress in the West African country. The UN Security Council voted unanimously to lift an arms embargo on non-state groups that was imposed 13 years ago to support a peace deal that ended a devastating war. It was the last punitive measure in force from a sweeping series of sanctions that had included travel bans, assets freezes and a ban on lumber and diamond exports. US Deputy Ambassador David Pressman said the decision showed “how far Liberia has come” in its transition to peace and marked the first time since 1992 that the country was not under UN sanctions. Liberia’s charge d’affaires George Patten told the council that sanctions had helped stabilize the country and that the government was now ready to take steps to beef up security.