A U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee voted on Tuesday to require the U.S. Customs Service to enforce the U.N. Security Council's 18-month ban on Sierra Leone diamonds, Reuters reports. The measure would also block trade in diamonds from Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. It was attached without dissent to a $29 billion bill to fund the Department of the Treasury and general government operations for the next fiscal year.
- by Julia M. Duncan
Update October 10 The bill mentioned above, H.R. 4871, was read by the Senate and placed on the calendar on July 21. However, the bill was modified and no longer includes the section relating to diamond trade.