ANNAN APPOINTS EXPERT PANEL TO FOLLOW-UP ON LIBERIA SANCTIONS
From: UN New York, Feb 19 2003 3:00PM
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United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today
appointed four members of an expert panel that will undertake a
three-month follow-up assessment mission to Liberia and neighbouring
countries to investigate compliance with international sanctions levied
The appointments were announced in a letter by the Secretary-General to
the President of the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters
in New York. The Council had unanimously re-established the expert body
late last month, deeply concerned by the situation in Liberia and
neighbouring countries, especially in Côte d'Ivoire.
By adopting resolution 1458, the Council asked the Secretary-General to
appoint the Panel, which will investigate and compile a report on the
Government of Liberia's compliance with the demands contained in
resolution 1343, adopted in 2001 in response to concerns about the
reported transit of illicit diamonds - which were being traded to fuel
the conflict in Sierra Leone - through Liberia.
Along with investigating any violations of the measures referred to in
subsequent resolutions adopted by the Council, the panel was also asked
to bring any relevant information collected in the course of their
investigations to the attention of the States concerned for prompt and
thorough investigation and, where appropriate, corrective action, and to
allow them the right of reply.
The Secretary-General says the Panel of Experts, which will be chaired
by Atabou Bobian of Senegal, an expert from the International Civil
Aviation Organization, will also include Enrico Carisch of Switzerland,
an expert in financial links, Damien Callamand of France, an expert from
Interpol, and Alex Vines of the United Kingdom, a diamond expert.