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Avi Paz warns industry not to buy Marange diamonds
Says no Marange diamond should be bought unless officially approved
By: Diamond World News Service
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Jun 30 2010 1:55PM
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Avi Paz, president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has issued a warning to members of the industry to refrain from purchasing diamonds from Marange fields in Zimbabwe, until approved by the Kimberley Process Working Group on Monitoring. As no approval has yet been given, any member found doing so will be subject to WFDB disciplinary procedures.

This warning comes in-between the recently concluded KP Intersessional meeting and the forthcoming 34th World Diamond Congress and WDC meeting in Russia. Paz has called upon all stakeholders - governments, NGOs and industry members - to cooperate to arrive at a solution that would be viable and acceptable to all sides.

Mr. Paz appreciated the very purpose of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and efforts of KP Chairman Boaz Hirsch, World Diamond Council President Eli Izhakoff, Stephane Chardon, Chair of the Working Group on Monitoring (WGM), representatives of the various governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). He also reiterated the responsibility the diamond industry shoulders to maintain complete transparency in the rough diamond supply pipeline.

"There is no other industry in the world that has taken regulatory measures similar to that of the KP," Paz said. "In addition, we have seen no other industries come together to assure that its products are untainted. The fact that the diamond industry is under scrutiny is because all parties who are involved have a common interest in protecting the integrity of the global diamond industry and trade, and as such advance consumer confidence in diamonds."

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Laura Ponter
(San Francisco)
Nice words, But this has absolutely no teeth. The Marange diamonds are slipping into Botswana and South Africa and then into parcels of diamonds for export. Having worked in Africa for 32 years, that's the scuttlebutt on the bush telegraph. And no one has anyway to separate, control, enforce or do anything. It's slave labor at gunpoint in the Marange fields. Untold numbers of people have been gunned down by Mugabe's thugs. These are the bloodiest of the blood diamonds and the entire debacle is planned and executed by the corrupt government of Zimbabwe, from the top on down. Until you've worked and been in Zimbabwe 30+ years, you have no idea what you are up against. Lawless is one thing, but morally bankrupt leaders are quite another. And that's Zimbabwe. The KP is impotent, completely. The KP isn't about making real changes, rather it is about the apparent efforts to put a good spin on reprehensiable situations and let the world keep buying diamonds and thinking that rea
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