Liberia has exported its first batch of diamonds since the lifting of a UN embargo imposed to stop the gems being used to finance the country’s civil war. Diamonds worth USD 200 million were sent abroad in recent days, Information Minister Laurence Bropleh said. In other news, Liberian officials say the government must reinstate its agency responsible for responding to natural disasters, which has been defunct since the height of the war. “The National Disaster Relief Commission is inactive,” Arthur Tarlue, head of the commission told IRIN. “It exists in name only.” Tarlue said that since 1990 when Liberia’s war intensified no resources have been allocated for the commission’s operations. (AFP, IRIN)

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