The government's stake in the diamond sale will be used to fund development projects nationwide.
One of the world's largest ever uncut diamonds has been sold by Sierra Leone for $6.5 million (£4.8m).
The auction on Monday in NY followed several postponements of the event that saw the stone displayed in several European capitals.
A Christian pastor found the stone, while the buyer has been named as Laurence Graff, a British billionaire jeweler.
The stone was extracted in March by Emmanuel Momoh, a pastor in one of the myriad churches that ministers to the mining communities of Kono district, the diamond centre of the war-torn West African nation.Читайте также: Ross Paterson Purchases 83 Shares of Stagecoach Group plc (SGC) Stock
According to the statement, the Sierra Leone government lost a little more than $500,000 after declining a bid of $7.08 million back in May. Rapaport says that the sale of this diamond will provide "lifesaving infrastructure" to the village that has no water, electricity, roads, health or education service.
The diamond is the 14th largest diamond ever discovered and was found by a group of "impoverished artisanal diggers" in Koryardu, Sierra Leone.
The UN enacted a ban on all diamond exports from the country until 2003, but illicit smuggling continues to mark the modern diamond trade.
"Instead of being ripped off in some dark corners when they find their diamonds, that they will bring it and put it on the table in front of the government", he said, adding: "Maybe this is going to be the beginning of a new day in Sierra Leone".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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