diamond sales still fuel i coast arms trade
Last Updated : GMT 06:23:13
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Diamond sales still fuel I Coast arms trade

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Diamond sales still fuel I Coast arms trade

New York - AFP

Illegal diamond sales are being used to traffic arms into Ivory Coast, and UN Security Council members want sanctions to be only gradually relaxed, diplomats said Wednesday. A year after President Alassane Ouattara finally won a deadly power battle with his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo, the 15 council members agreed that sanctions can still help the country\'s \"post-conflict recovery,\" US ambassador Susan Rice said after a special meeting on Ivory Coast. UN sanctions experts said in a report to the council that they suspect former Forces Nouvelles rebel commanders of using revenues from the key Seguela and Tortiya diamond districts in the north of the country for arms purchases. The experts said they believed production has fallen but that up to $23 million of illegal diamond sales were being made each year in contravention of a UN ban on diamond exports from the country. Ivory Coast is now the only country with a UN Security Council ban on sales of its so-called \"blood diamonds\". Much of the illegal arms trade -- particularly before the fall of Gbagbo -- was passing through Guinea and other neighboring countries, the experts said. They also expressed concern about the smuggling of arms in the north of the country through Mali. As well as being the world\'s leading cocoa producer, Ivory Coast is the leading cashew nut exporter and the report said up to 100,000 tons a year -- about one quarter of the country\'s annual production -- is being smuggled to avoid taxes. The Security Council is to vote next week on an extension of the sanctions regime and diplomats said there were discussions on a text which would allow hope for an easing of the embargos to help the government. The US ambassador, speaking as the Security Council president for April, said the council was \"very much supportive of the significant progress\" made since Ouattara took power. \"The members also noted however that challenges remain including violations of the arms embargo and diamond smuggling,\" Rice added. \"Council members agreed that sanctions can continue to play a role in supporting (Ivory Coast\'s) post-conflict recovery. Several council members expressed a desire to begin to scale back these measures over time as the security situation improves,\" she said.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

diamond sales still fuel i coast arms trade diamond sales still fuel i coast arms trade

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

diamond sales still fuel i coast arms trade diamond sales still fuel i coast arms trade

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today The Big Apple bike boom

GMT 10:47 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

The Big Apple bike boom
Arab Today, arab today Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration

GMT 02:56 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration
Arab Today, arab today Syria opposition meets in Riyadh

GMT 06:23 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh
Arab Today, arab today 'Advanced' cyber attack targets Saudi Arabia

GMT 10:18 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

'Advanced' cyber attack targets Saudi Arabia
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Honda recalls 800,000 minivans

GMT 11:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Honda recalls 800,000 minivans
Arab Today, arab today VW says will invest over 34bn euros

GMT 07:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

VW says will invest over 34bn euros
Arab Today, arab today Singer Jahda Wahba has unlimited ambitions

GMT 07:56 2017 Monday ,20 November

Singer Jahda Wahba has unlimited ambitions
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 09:23 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Fedra happy for “Between Two Worlds” success

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 13:41 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

French choke up over proposal

GMT 00:44 2017 Monday ,20 November

Japanese regulators raid Airbnb

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday