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Diamonds may fund Ivory Coast arms trade

Cotedivoire A group of UN experts suspect cacao and illegal diamond receipts may fund arms purchases despite an embargo on Ivory Coast, a UN source said.

In a report prepared for the UN Security Council, the experts, who had been tasked with assessing the effectiveness of a UN arms embargo imposed on the West African country, recommend an audit of the Ivorian cacao trade as well as an investigation into the illegal export of diamonds.

The report fell short of establishing a direct link between weapons and the commodities, but the UN source told AFP that the experts "well suspect that a correlation exists".

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