Ian Bach

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U.N. lifts Liberian diamond ban

Text for Photo Above – Actor Djimon Hounsou stars in the action drama film Blood Diamond, which portrays many of the atrocities in the illegal diamond trade.

Published: 28/04/2007 12:00 AM (UAE)


Liberia: The United Nations has lifted its 2001 ban on Liberia’s diamond exports, saying the country has made enough progress in certifying rough diamonds.

The ban was meant to stop the sale of “blood diamonds” or diamonds mined illegally, which has fuelled conflicts in West Africa.

British ambassador to the UN Emyr Jones Parry said the unanimous vote on Friday was “recognition of the progress made in Liberia”.

“This government has shown its determination to put in place measures to ensure that the proceeds of diamond sales go for the benefit of Liberia and its people and are not misappropriated,” he said.

Exports of rough diamonds from Liberia were banned in 2003 to cut off funds to local rebel groups who illegally traded un-cut diamonds for weapons.

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May 01, 2007
United Nations—The U.N. Security Council on Friday lifted a 6-year-old ban on Liberian diamond exports meant to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the world market.

According to published reports, the 15-nation council voted unanimously to lift the ban. The move was made in “recognition of the progress made by Liberia” in setting up controls on its diamonds, which helped fuel a 14-year civil war that ended in 2003, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said.

The resolution, drafted in the United States, said the country had taken action to meet the minimum demands of the Kimberley Process (KP), which was created to track the flow of rough diamonds across borders to prove they come from legitimate sources.

The decision to lift the ban will be reviewed in 90 days.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who took office last year, has pushed to end the embargo, saying money from diamond sales was necessary to finance reconstruction of the country, Reuters reported. The embargo was lifted two months before the latest extension of the ban was due to end.

“Liberia was ready,” U.S. mission spokesman Ben Chang reportedly said. “The time was right.”

Nathaniel Barnes, Liberia’s U.N. Ambassador, reportedly said the country’s application to join the Kimberley Process—filed late March—would be accepted.

He said the decision to lift the ban is important to the people of Liberia, which currently has 85 percent unemployment, with former combatants accounting for many of the jobless. Barnes reportedly said the resumption of diamond exports will help people get back to work.

The United Nations has already lifted a ban on Liberian timber exports, so the only sanctions remaining are a travel ban and assets freeze against certain named individuals, Reuters reports.

In a joint statement, non-governmental organizations Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada called on members of the KP, the Security Council and the international community to assist the Liberian government in achieving important conflict-diamond-prevention goals and making diamonds a positive force for development.

“The government of Liberia has made good progress in establishing a system of controls to prevent diamonds from fueling conflict,” Global Witness said in the statement. “This is a welcome step, but effective implementation and enforcement of the Kimberley Process, including accurate reporting and monitoring of trade and production statistics, will be crucial to ensuring that diamonds never again fuel wars. The government of Liberia must work to ensure that its system of controls is rigorously enforced, and that it takes full control of all diamond-mining areas.”

In addition, Partnership Africa Canada said the Security Council and KP members must rigorously monitor Liberia’s system of controls to make sure it is enforced.

“Cooperation with other diamond-producing countries of the region will be essential to the effectiveness of the Kimberley Process,” the organization stated.

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About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

4 comments on “U.N. lifts Liberian diamond ban

  1. Anonymous
    May 2, 2007

    No easy answers or perfect solutions. I hate those watchful-waiting situations.


  2. Ian Bach
    May 2, 2007

    The conditions these guys work under is terrible. and the quality of most of the diamonds is bad. but natives cant tell what is good or bad. so they often get ripped off, and more often feel they are being riped off. which causes a lack of respect and trust in their government. they need to unionize the work force and automize it. that will eliminate much of the crime and abuses


  3. Ian Bach
    June 6, 2007

    FROM KITTYKAT – No easy answers or perfect solutions. I hate those watchful-waiting situations.

    Wednesday May 2, 2007 – 05:39pm (PDT)


  4. Ian Bach
    June 6, 2007

    FROM ANON – The natural wealths that could do so much to raise up their people.. and the few who control the distribution.. sigh.. African nations are NOT known for their compassion towards their own peoples. How to overcome eons of this type of thinking.. I just don’t believe it is a very realistic vision. I don’t have the answers either.. Being realistic.. Is it possible?

    Wednesday May 2, 2007 – 05:10pm (CDT)


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