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Liberian 'surprise' at sanctions

Liberia’s transitional government has expressed surprise at a United Nations’ decision to keep a three-year-old ban on diamond and timber exports. The Security Council said that illegal exploitation of resources continued to fuel conflict in West Africa. But Liberia’s Internal Affairs Minister H Dan Morias said his country had been at peace since former President Charles Taylor went into exile last year. The sanctions were hampering reconstruction efforts, he said. The embargos were first imposed in 2001 to stop Mr Taylor arming rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Full Story

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