Several United Nations peacekeepers were killed and nearly 500 captured
during clashes with the RUF in May as the rebel group advanced on Freetown.
The fighting erupted after peacekeepers took charge of security in the
country. The hostages were released later in the month.
the U.N. Security Council imposed a worldwide ban on diamonds from Sierra
Leone. The RUF had gained control of 90 percent of the nation's diamond-producing