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Chairman of UN sanctions committee visits Freetown

The chairman of the UN Sanctions Committee on Sierra Leone was visiting Freetown to find ways of ensuring that a UN arms embargo on rebels there is effectively enforced, an OCHA official told IRIN today.

The mission, being undertaken by the Security Council, is being led by Sweden’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Hans Dahlgren. The delegation will also visit Liberia during the week-long tour which began on Sunday. Dahlgren’s trip comes against the backdrop of reports that the rebels have been receiving arms from neighbouring countries. The arms embargo against the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the ousted military junta in Sierra Leone was imposed by the Council on 5 June.

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