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Official Statement: KP Intersessional Meeting Ends With No Resolution

Jun 24, 2010 12:36 PM   By Kimberley Process
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RAPAPORT... The following is a statement from the Kimberley Process (KP): The Intersessional Meeting of the KP, presided over by Israel as chair, has concluded as of today, June 24. On the agenda of the meeting were a number of initiatives related to the ongoing work of the KP and to the consolidation of the process, such the creation of an office for administration and support and the establishment of a Working Group on Trade Facilitation. The center of attention, however, was the implementation of the KP's minimum standards in the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe.

The meeting convened in light of the second report of the KP monitor to Zimbabwe. In question was the continued implementation of the Joint Work Plan (JWP), agreed upon at the Plenary meeting in Swakopmund, Namibia in November 2009. The meeting was clouded by the arrest of nongovernmental organization (NGO) activist Farai Mguwu by the Zimbabwean authorities three weeks earlier and subsequent reports on his condition.

The Intersessional could not reach consensus regarding the implementation of the JWP and the work carried out by the KP monitor to Marange. As such, the meeting ended in an impasse. The KP Chair, Mr. Boaz Hirsch, declared an impasse after overnight discussions that extended through the morning and called for another meeting to attempt to resolve the differences, followed by an extension for the Intersessional.

Mr. Hirsch, along with the chair of the Working Group on Monitoring, Mr. Stephane Chardon, and Mr. Eli Izhakoff, the president of the World Diamond Council (WDC), played a pivotal role in attempting to breach the gap between the sides.

"This situation is unprecedented at a KP meeting," declared the chair, "but all parties are committed to further engagement. The KP is based on a partnership between governments, the diamond industry and the civil society. I am committed to that end and I have asked Mr. Izhakoff to jointly convene within the WDC Annual Meeting coming up on July 14 to July 15 in St. Petersburg, a mini-summit of the KP's major stakeholders. Deliberations will continue in order to find a consensus-based resolution."

Israel will host the Plenary meeting in Jerusalem between the 1st and 4th of November of this year.

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