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United Nations Security Council Lifts Diamond Sanctions
5/1/2007 2:50 PM

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to lift the diamond sanctions against Liberia.  The sanctions have been imposed since 2001 to prevent the sale of
“blood diamonds” that have funded conflicts in West Africa.  Liberia must now take steps to comply with the Kimberly Process, an international diamond certification scheme to certify that it does not export conflict diamonds.  If needed, the Security Council may evaluate its decision after 90 days.  The resolution marks an important step for Liberia, where unemployment stands at 85%.

Compiled from: UN Lifts Liberia Diamond Sale Ban, BBC News, April 27, 2007; LIBERIA: UN Envoy Welcomes Security Council Lifting of Diamond Embargo, UN News, April 30, 2007.