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     December 21, 2001

     On the UN Security Council's Adoption of a Resolution on Sierra Leone

     2394-20-12-2001

     Russia regards the adopted resolution as an additional factor for facilitating the process of peaceful political settlement in Sierra Leone.

     On December 19 the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1385 extending, with the consent of the government of Sierra Leone, for eleven months the period of the ban introduced in July 2000 on the export from Sierra Leone of rough diamonds that have not passed the procedure of certification established by the government of the country.

     The embargo regime is aimed at cutting short the illicit trade in Sierra Leonean rough diamonds used by antigovernment armed groups for continuing the conflict in Sierra Leone.

     The resolution notes the steps taken by the government of Sierra Leone and the international community as a whole, directed to severing the link between the illicit trade in rough diamonds and armed conflicts. Upon expiry of the embargo period the Security Council has resolved that it will again consider the situation in Sierra Leone and if necessary adopt a decision on the extension of sanctions, their modification or adoption of additional measures. It is envisaged that the embargo regime may be terminated early by a decision of the Security Council.

     We regard the adopted resolution as an additional factor for facilitating the process of peaceful political settlement in Sierra Leone. Russia will continue to help the attainment of this objective.



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