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UN Lifts Diamond Ban on Cote d'Ivoire

Apr 29, 2014 4:22 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously approved removing an export ban on rough diamonds from Cote d'Ivoire. The resolution immediately terminated diamond sanctions that were imposed in 2005 and it noted that Cote d'Ivoire had met the minimum requirements of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.  An arms embargo, however, was extended again until April 30, 2015.

The Security Council called upon the government to continue taking measures "to dismantle the illegal taxation networks" but it welcomed "overall progress toward restoring security, peace and stability."

The council also commended efforts by President Ouattara and his government to stabilize Cote d'Ivoire, accelerate economic development and strengthen international and regional cooperation.

                 

 

Tags: Cote d'Ivoire, diamonds, embargo, Jeff Miller, United Nations
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