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July 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The international diamond industry announced strict new measures Wednesday to clamp down on the trade in "conflict diamonds" used to pay for wars in Africa. The measures include a certification system to closely track rough diamonds from the time they're mined, as well as tough penalties for dealers who break U.N. embargoes on diamond sales by rebels in Angola and Sierra Leone.
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May 5, 2001 | Associated Press
The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against Liberia on Friday for failing to sever its ties with rebels in Sierra Leone. The current Security Council president, acting U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham, said the sanctions would take effect Monday and would ban the import of diamonds from Liberia and travel by senior Liberian officials. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this week that the U.N.
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October 23, 1999 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.N. Security Council voted Friday to send a 6,000-member force to Sierra Leone to help restore peace after an eight-year civil war in the African nation. On Monday, the U.N. is expected to approve sending 10,000 troops and police officers to East Timor to take over peacekeeping duties from an Australian-led multinational force. Combined, the two new forces will double the number of U.N. peacekeepers deployed globally, and plans are underway to send as many as 20,000 peacekeepers to Congo.
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March 8, 2001 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Security Council imposed an embargo Wednesday on Liberia's trade in weapons and diamonds in an effort to halt the country's arms-for-gems support for rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone. The weapons ban is an extension of an embargo put in place in 1992 during Liberia's civil war.
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May 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
U.S. military aircraft on Sunday evacuated more than 300 Americans to Germany in the aftermath of a military coup in this West African nation. Most of the Americans flown to the U.S. Rhein-Main military base in Frankfurt in an initial flight were nonessential staff from the U.S. Embassy and the spouses and children of diplomats, a senior diplomat at the mission said on condition of anonymity. A second plane with 57 people aboard carried U.S.
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August 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
A nearly weeklong hostage crisis ended Tuesday when former junta soldiers freed their remaining prisoners after receiving assurances they would not be prosecuted, a top government official said. The rogue rebels released 15 West African intervention force soldiers and a U.N. military observer, along with 200 civilians taken prisoner during this West African nation's brutal eight-year civil war, Information Minister Julius Spencer said at a news conference.
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December 1, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
U.N. and government officials welcomed about 130 Kenyan soldiers, the first wave of a 6,000-member peacekeeping force, to war-battered Sierra Leone. But as the United Nations' blue-and-white flag was handed over at an airport ceremony, officials from the former rebel group that ravaged this country during an eight-year civil war were conspicuously absent.
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January 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Detained rebel leader Foday Sankoh was flown to neighboring Guinea, where U.N. sources said he had long talks with West African mediators and Sierra Leone officials about a cease-fire after a week of fierce fighting in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. U.N. sources said the talks were adjourned after three hours with no news of an agreement between Sankoh's Revolutionary United Front and a Nigerian-led regional force backing President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah's government.
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January 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and his imprisoned rival said they had agreed to a seven-day cease-fire in the savage conflict that has littered the capital, Freetown, with dozens of bodies. The president spoke live on radio while rebel chief Foday Sankoh of the Revolutionary United Front--who has been on death row since October on a treason conviction--issued his orders in a recorded message.
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January 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
After a month of furious attacks against Sierra Leone's cities and towns, the country's feared rebel alliance is prepared for a cease-fire, rebel and U.N. officials said. It was unclear whether elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah's government or the Nigerian-led coalition force fighting in its defense support the proposal. Government forces have apparently taken control of the capital, Freetown, after several days of fierce fighting.
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November 6, 2000 | Associated Press
U.N. peacekeepers and Sierra Leone police opened fire Sunday to disperse hundreds of tire-burning youths demanding the lifting of a curfew, witnesses said. At least 13 civilians, including two children, were wounded. British soldiers tried to calm the predawn demonstration stemming from public anger over a spate of armed robberies during curfew hours, which the government of this war-ravaged West African nation has imposed in an effort to prevent rebel attacks. The youths said the 11 p.m.
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August 5, 2000 | Times Wire Services
In an effort to counter the rebel threat in Sierra Leone, the Security Council voted unanimously Friday to strengthen the 13,000-member U.N. peacekeeping force in the West African nation. The U.N. commander in Sierra Leone told the council Thursday that he needs more troops quickly. The United States--which had opposed any immediate increase--announced Friday that it will support a larger U.N. contingent.
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July 28, 2000 | From Reuters
The United States circulated a Security Council resolution Thursday to set up a special mixed Sierra Leone-international court to prosecute rebels accused of the worst atrocities in the war-ravaged West African nation. U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said the draft was "endorsed in its general framework by all the other" council members during closed-door consultations. He said he hoped that it would be voted on next week.
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July 23, 2000 | From Reuters
U.N. peacekeepers Saturday dismantled checkpoints manned by dissidents and expelled them from the main highway between the capital and the interior. It was the second successive weekend of confrontation in Sierra Leone. U.N. spokeswoman Hirut Befecadu said that Indian, Jordanian and Nigerian peacekeepers, backed by air support, moved against dissidents known as the "West Side Boys," former rebels who had rallied to the present government after a 1999 peace deal. "We went to clear the road.
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July 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The international diamond industry announced strict new measures Wednesday to clamp down on the trade in "conflict diamonds" used to pay for wars in Africa. The measures include a certification system to closely track rough diamonds from the time they're mined, as well as tough penalties for dealers who break U.N. embargoes on diamond sales by rebels in Angola and Sierra Leone.
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July 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
One Indian U.N. peacekeeper was killed and seven peacekeepers were injured during the weekend raid to free more than 200 U.N. soldiers who were surrounded by rebels, the U.N. commander in Sierra Leone said. "We managed to extricate all the 233 peacekeepers, and in doing so we had one fatal casualty and seven injured," said Indian Gen. Vijay Kumar Jetley, the force commander. "This is the price we have to pay." U.N. officials previously had said that four peacekeepers were injured.
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January 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Jet fighters allied with government forces screamed over this besieged capital Saturday, firing rockets into rebel-held territory. Black and gray smoke curled into the air near central Freetown, where insurgent fighters were in partial control after battling into areas of the city. The rebels had also seized much of the city's east side. The rebels are fighting government soldiers, a civil defense force militia and troops from a West African coalition army, known as ECOMOG.
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January 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebels in Sierra Leone who have seized part of Freetown, the capital, rejected the government's offer of a truce. Instead, the rebels hardened their political demands and vowed to continue their military offensive. Fighting in Freetown continued for a third day, according to journalists and international aid agency workers in the war-torn nation. The rebel forces of the Revolutionary United Front are fighting to unseat President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who was ousted in a May 1997 military coup.
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July 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday imposed an embargo on diamond exports from Sierra Leone, where a thriving gems-for-guns trade is fueling a simmering civil war. The vote was 14 to 0, with Mali abstaining in protest at the resolution's mentioning Liberia as a conduit for the illegal diamonds. Mali said it opposed the reference to illegal diamonds being shipped through Liberian territory because regional nations have not completed an investigation into the allegations.
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July 2, 2000 | Reuters
The United Nations said Saturday that its troops had killed at least 10 Sierra Leonean rebels in a gunfight a day after an ambush in which a Jordanian peacekeeper was killed. The attack suggested that the U.N. force, which has been reinforced since it was almost overrun by rebels in May, has opted for a more robust response to any breach of the 1999 peace deal the troops were sent to police. Hirut Befecadu, spokeswoman for the UNAMSIL, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone, said U.N.
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