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Zim 'looks east' for diamond sales

Aug 16 2010 22:42

RapNet founder Martin Rapaport said that although the global diamond watchdog called the Kimberley Process (KP) had authorised Zimbabwe last week to sell nearly 900 000 carats of Marange diamonds, RapNet still viewed the gems as tainted.

'Not surprised'

"In any case, these countries do not constitute the entire market of diamonds.

Not in the clear

The KP was set up to clamp down on trade in "blood diamonds" - diamonds used to fund conflicts.

"We strongly urge members to contact their suppliers and obtain written assurances that they are not being supplied Marange diamonds," Rapaport cautioned.

zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  blood diamonds


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