UN lifts embargo on Liberian diamonds

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council lifted Friday its embargo on Liberia's diamond exports, saying the west African nation has made progress in certifying the origin of its rough diamonds.

The 15-member Security Council unanimously approved a US-drafted resolution that canceled a 2003 resolution's embargo on Liberian raw diamonds.

It was the council's second vote of confidence in the new president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, following the lifting in June of an embargo on Liberian wood.

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