Liberia and the UN  

Embargoes / sanctions
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously extended Liberia's arms embargo mandate until 20 December, 2008
June 20, 2008


The Security Council has asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to renew the mandate of the United Nations panel looking into the issues of diamonds, timber, sanctions, arms and security in Liberia for another six months.

The panel was appointed by the Secretary-General in July 2007 to investigate whether UN sanctions against Liberia are being broken, after learning of allegations that former president Charles Taylor may still have access to considerable wealth.

It is also tasked with assessing the implementation of forestry legislation signed into law last October by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and with gauging the Government's compliance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a mechanism established to keep "blood diamonds" from reaching world markets.
June 18, 2008


The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to lift a ban on Liberian diamond exports imposed in 2001 when so-called "blood diamonds" were being used to fuel civil wars in west Africa.
April 27, 2007

Government lays foundation for legal logging.
The government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has implemented new legislation on logging to ensure revenue would benefit the whole country.

December 15, 2006
The UN Security Council has lifted a ban on Liberian timber exports. (...) The resolution warned that its decision would be reviewed in 90 days, and "urged speedy adoption" of forestry legislation.  President Sirleaf nullified 70 forest concession agreements, the majority of which were signed by Charles Taylor.
June 21, 2006
UN Security Council lifts arms embargo.
June14, 2006
End of diamond and timber sanctions closer
April 10, 2006
At Security Council, President Sirleaf Makes Case for Lifting of Liberia’s Sanctions
March 17, 2006
UN renews ban on arms, diamonds and timber.

December 2005



UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)


UN extends Liberia peace force, with cuts
September 20, 2007


Security Council Extends UN Mission in Liberia until 31 March 2007
September 29, 2006
LIBERIA: UN extends peacekeeper mandate but wants plan for troop drawdown
September 21, 2005   

United Nations Mission in Liberia








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