Impact of sanctions on Côte d'Ivoire reviewed

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Members of a cocoa growers cooperative in Sikensi, 100km northwest of Abidjan

Although Côte d'Ivoire has made significant progress over the past year, challenges still remain, Security Council President Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States said on Wednesday.

Ambassador Rice spoke to reporters following closed door consultations on the impact of sanctions on the West African nation.

The sanctions stem from the conflict that followed the disputed November 2010 elections in the West African country.

They include an arms embargo, a ban on diamond exports, and travel and finance restrictions on several individuals, including former president Laurent Gbagbo.

Ms. Rice said members of the Security Council discussed the role of the sanctions on Côte d'Ivoire.

"Council members agreed that sanctions can continue to play a role in supporting Côte d'Ivoire's post-conflict recovery. Several council members expressed a desire to begin to scale back these measures over time as the security situation improves."

In April 2011 the Security Council renewed the sanctions for one year.

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