No agreement yet on Zim diamond future
source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
05 November 2010
A four day meeting of the international diamond trade watchdog, the Kimberley Process (KP), ended with no sign of an agreement on Zimbabwe’s diamond trade future on Thursday.
KP Chairman Boaz Hirsch told a news conference at the end of the meeting in Jerusalem that “the government of Zimbabwe has not been given approval as yet to sell diamonds recovered from its controversial mine fields in the Chiadzwa area of Mutare.” He said an agreement had not yet been finalised.
“We hope to reach an agreement in the coming days…we are working with Zimbabwe and other countries,” he said.
Zimbabwe Mines Minister Obert Mpofu meanwhile told the media at the conference that the country would sell diamonds from Chiadzwa immediately, echoing the same threats he made earlier this week.
“Zimbabwe will sell diamonds without any conditions,” he said. “There is no opposition to that.”
The KP is now under pressure to find some solution in the coming days, and a report on the situation in Zimbabwe is being debated. According to Hirsch, the report “has found Zimbabwe to be [continue reading]