UN Expert Panel To Monitor Liberia Sanctions

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(Rapaport…January 21, 2005) The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed five experts to monitor sanctions against Liberia’s timber and diamond industries, as well as the arms embargo against the West African country, reported the United Nations News Center on January 20.

The five experts are Arthur Blundell of Canada, Damien Callamand of France, Caspar Fithen of the United Kingdom, Tommy Garnett of Sierra Leone and Rajiva Bhushan Sinha of India, said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a letter to the Security Council.

Four of the experts previously served on the Council’s Liberia sanctions panel. Fithen is a conflict diamonds trade analyst and an anthropologist.

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