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Civil Society Member Returns to KP Fold

Oct 25, 2016 7:33 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Non-profit group CENADEP will attend this year’s Kimberley Process (KP) plenary next month after the KP chair urged the Civil Society Coalition to end its boycott.

The Democratic Republic of Congo-based organization said it recognized the progress the KP had made in response to the Civil Society’s demands.

“CENADEP accepts the invitation and believes that the best way to lend credibility to the KP process is by re-enlisting within the KP family to address different challenges inside and not outside,” the KP cited Albert Kabuya Muyeba of CENADEP as saying in a letter.

CENADEP said it welcomed the process of discussions about diamond valuation and efforts by the KP to address the issue of synthetics, as well as KP chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem’s proposal of a permanent secretariat to oversee the return of suspended countries to the process.

Update: CENADEP later said it stands by its boycott of the Kimberley Process. See the latest story here.
Tags: Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Albert Kabuya Muyeba, CENADEP, Civil Society, Civil Society Coalition, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kimberley Process, KP, plenary, Rapaport News
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