U.N. Bans Ivory Coast Rough Diamond Exports

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(Rapaport…December 15, 2005) The United Nations Security Council accepted France’s proposal to ban diamond exports from the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire.)

The council voted unanimously to ban diamond exports after it was revealed diamonds have been used to buy weapons.

“All states shall take the necessary measures to prevent the import of all rough diamonds from Ivory Coast to their territory,” the resolution said.

Regional governments should report within 90 days on steps taken to stop the importation of Ivory Coast diamonds.

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