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UN maintains sanctions on Ivory Coast

UN maintains arms embargo and ban on import of rough diamonds from Ivory Coast By The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to maintain sanctions on Ivory Coast for another year, including an arms embargo and a ban on the import of rough diamonds from the West African nation.

A resolution adopted by the council Thursday also renews financial sanctions and travel bans on political figures for violating human rights and blocking peace, including former president Laurent Gbagbo, who has been charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

The council welcomed "the steady progress and achievements" the country has made since last year's political crisis and authorized several exceptions to the arms embargo. But it said the situation in the country "continues to pose a threat to international peace and security in the region."

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