Zimbabwe: Cabinet agrees to sell uncertified diamonds

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
01 July 2010

Cabinet has reportedly agreed to sell a multi million dollar stockpile of Zimbabwe’s controversial diamonds, despite the gems not having legal certification allowing their sale.

The state controlled Herald newspaper on Wednesday quoted Mines Minister Obert Mpofu as saying Cabinet agreed to proceed with the export of diamonds from the Chiadzwa diamond field. He said this would happen whether or not the diamonds were certified by the Kimberly Process, the international watchdog tasked with ending the trade in conflict stones.

Kimberley Process members last month failed to reach consensus on whether or not to certify the diamonds, resolving to further discuss the issue at another meeting later this month. The meeting pitted Western governments and Human Rights Groups against, mainly, African governments. Australia, Canada, the European Union and the United States all opposed a [continue reading]

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