United Nations Security Council Resolution 1731

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1731
Liberia (orthographic projection).svg
Date 20 December 2006
Meeting no. 5,602
Code S/RES/1731 (Document)
Subject The situation in Liberia
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1731, adopted unanimously on December 20, 2006, after recalling all previous resolutions on the situations in Liberia and West Africa, the Council extended arms and travel embargoes on the country for one year and a ban on the sale of diamonds for a period of six months.[1]



The Security Council reiterated its decision not to renew timber sanctions in Resolution 1521 (2003), and urged the country to implement the forestry reform law.[2] It welcomed the Liberian government's co-operation with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.

There was a need for Liberian security forces to assume greater responsibility for national security. Council members determined that there was little progress in meeting the demands of resolutions 1521 and 1532 (2004). The situation in Liberia continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security.


Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council extended the arms embargo and travel restrictions for a period of twelve months, and restrictions on the sale of diamonds and timber for a period of six months. The measures would be reviewed at the request of the Liberian government. The government was encouraged to take up the offer of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) of joint forestry patrols.

An expert panel appointed in Resolution 1689 (2006) overseeing the implementation of sanctions against the country had its mandate extended until June 20, 2007.[2] It was required to report back to the Council by June 6, 2007.[3] All states were required to co-operate with the panel. Meanwhile, the Kimberley Process was instructed to assess progress made by Liberia with respect to joining the Scheme.

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  1. ^ "Security Council renews arms, travel embargoes in Liberia for one year, diamond restrictions for six months". United Nations. December 20, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Machacek, Erika (2011). Sustainable Development in Western Anglophone Africa: Analysis of Millennium Development Goal 7's Viability 'Ensuring Environmental Sustainability in Forest Management' Under Corruption Aspects in Ghana and Liberia. GRIN Verlag. p. 146. ISBN 978-3-640-84310-7. 
  3. ^ "U.N. Council Renews Liberia Diamond Ban". The New York Times. 21 December 2006. 

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