UN Report Says Cameroon Involved In CAR Conflict Diamond Trafficking

Rough Market
02/09/2015 08:58

In a confidential report, a UN Security Council expert panel says conflict diamonds continue to fuel conflict in the Central African Republic, as diamonds from areas that are under direct or indirect control of armed groups, including Amada Gaza region, are smuggled out of the country via neighbouring country Cameroon. The reports cites various cases of diamond trafficking through Cameroon border towns Gbiti, Kenzou and Yaounde. The experts estimate that since the ban on exports from CAR in 2013, some 140,000 carats of rough stones, with a value of US$24 million were smuggled out of the country.