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Kimberley Process Suspends Central African Republic

May 28, 2013 3:47 AM   By Deena Taylor
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RAPAPORT... The Kimberley Process suspended the Central African Republic (CAR) from exporting certified rough diamonds, effective immediately. The move was largely expected and follows a rebel coalition takeover of the government in March.

The rebel group, known as Seleka, is suspected of using diamonds to fund illegal  activities including arms sales and human rights abuses. A diplomatic note sent to 80 Kimberley Process member states, and signed by the current chair, Welile Nhlapo, stated that certified diamond trading with the impoverished and coup-prone central African nation is over.

Nhlapo recently noted at a World Diamond Council meeting (WDC) that diamond monitoring and controls in  CAR had broken down since President Francois Bozize was removed from power.

Diamonds are known to be a main source of income for the CAR government.

Tags: Central African Republic, Deena Taylor, Kimberley Process, Welile Nhlapo
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