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Liberia Ships First Diamonds Since Lifting Of U.N. Sanctions

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Liberia has shipped its first consignment of diamonds since the lifting of U.N. sanctions that blocked the export of so-called "blood diamonds" used to fuel years of war, officials said Sunday.

A shipment valued at about $222,000 left Liberia last week, government spokesman Laurence Bropleh said. He declined to name the exporting company or give details on the shipment's destination.

The Liberian government received a royalty of about $6,000 from the shipment, said Gabriel Williams, a deputy government spokesman.