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Global Witness Warns Zim Not to Export Blood Diamonds

Apr 28, 2010 11:57 AM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Global Witness warned Zimbabwe that it must not resume diamond exports from the Marange diamond fields without prior permission from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). The nongovernmental organization  made this statement following yesterday's High Court decision approving the sale of diamonds from the Marange.

“What has been taking place in Marange is unconscionable and there is no way that exports should restart until the government can prove that it has taken the necessary action to end the abuses and hold the perpetrators to account,” said Global Witness campaigner Elly Harrowell.

“If the government goes ahead with its plan to sell diamonds without prior approval from the Kimberley Process, it will be in breach of its commitments and should face suspension. Member states will need to act swiftly if they want to maintain the credibility of the scheme and protect consumer confidence in the international diamond market,” Harrowell added.

LH

Tags: Blood Diamonds, Government, Jeff Miller, Kimberley Process, Zimbabwe
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