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UN: IVORIAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS STILL TRADED DESPITE BAN
« on: October 31, 2013, 13:05:38 PM »
UN: IVORIAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS STILL TRADED DESPITE BAN
30.10.13, 12:15 / World
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A group of industry advisers announced that despite efforts made by international bodies to stem the traffic ofconflict diamonds originating in the Ivory Coast, the trade has been brisk, Press TV reports. In a recent report to theUnited Nations Security Council, the Group of Experts, the body charged with monitoring the Ivory Coast's compliance with UN sanctions, wrote that government officials are not making efforts to quench the illegal trade. The illicit trade in Ivorian diamonds is believed to be worth anywhere from $12 million to twice that figure.
Since the UN slapped sanctions on the Ivory Coast in 2005, which include embargoing arms, freezing assets and banning travel, the Ivorian government has not taken action against a single case of diamond smuggling. Furthermore, the expert report surmised that the level of diamond smuggling underway suggested that it was being organized by resourceful individuals, alleging that members of the administration of former President Laurent Gbagbo might be involved, according to Press TV.

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