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Eli Izhakoff supports decision to temporarily suspend the CAR from KPCS
Asks industry members to ensure not that until further notice, rough diamonds from the CAR are not handled and or traded
By: Diamond World News Service
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May 29 2013 12:05PM
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Eli Izhakoff, President of the World Diamond Council announced supporting without reservation, the decision issued by Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, Chair of the Kimberley Process, to temporarily suspend the Central African Republic (CAR) from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The Ambassador had issued this decision on May 23.

"This is a tough but appropriate measure that will defend both the integrity of the diamond pipeline and, also, ultimately the wellbeing of the people of the Central African Republic," Mr. Izhakoff said. "It is a procedure which has shown itself to be effective in the past. I call on all members of the industry to be vigilant and take all necessary measures to ensure that, until further notice from the KP, no rough diamonds from the CAR are handled and or traded."

In his communique, Ambassador Nhlapo said that, following due diligence, which included the issuance of a vigilance notice in March and a vote by KP members, he had decided to suspend the CAR with immediate effect. The decision and the situation in the CAR will be reviewed by the KP Working Group on Monitoring, in consultation with other working bodies, at the KP's Intersessional Meeting that will take place in Kimberley South Africa on June 4-7.

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