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Security Council Says Conditions Still Not Right for Lifting Liberia Sanctions

While Liberia has made progress in conforming to international regimes for its diamond and timber trade, the conditions are still not ripe for lifting sanctions against those industries in the West African nation, the President of the United Nations Security Council said today. Council members “again emphasized that the continuation of sanctions was not punitive, but only meant to consolidate the peace,” Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom said in a statement to the press after the Council had heard a closed-door briefing on the mid-term report of an expert panel monitoring compliance with the measures. “They called on the Government to take the necessary steps for meeting the benchmarks and looked forward to further progress,” he added. Full Story

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