Sierra Leone: August 2, 2000

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The UN Security Council has voted to ban trade in diamonds mined by the RUF rebels in Sierra Leone, since those rebels broke the peace treaty and resumed the civil war. A panel has been appointed to consider ways to enforce the ban, perhaps by requiring certificates of origins for diamonds being shipped out of the country. It is unclear if neighboring Liberia, which supports the RUF rebels, will cooperate.--Stephen V Cole

 

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