The Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) is recommending that all its members respect the trade embargo imposed by the United Nations on Liberian timber products.

The sanction was imposed because of evidence that the Liberian government led by Charles Taylor was buying weapons with revenue from timber money.

ATIBT has also urged the UN to clarify whether the start of the embargo, on July 7, applies to when the wood is cut in the forest or on loading or discharging dates.

In addition, it wants to the UN to constitute a joint mission with itself and NGOs before September 7 to determine the procedures required for the embargo to be raised for companies conforming to the UN’s resolution.