UN passes resolution to curb trade in blood diamonds

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December 17, 2010 08:59

 
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UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly unanimously agreed Thursday to strengthen global efforts to curb the trade in so-called blood diamonds, saying better enforcement and reporting can help end violent conflicts fueled by illegal exploitation of the rough gems.

Led by Israel, more than 60 other countries co-sponsored the resolution deepening the commitment by UN member states to halt the use of the diamond trade to fund armed conflicts across Africa.

The resolution called for countries to be more consistent and thorough in reporting on the origins of diamonds being traded in their areas, and for full implementation of existing Security Council measures targeting the blood diamond trade.

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