The United States and 44 other nations will join with companies such as De Beers and humanitarian groups next week in adopting long-overdue rules aimed at ending the trade in diamonds used to fuel bloody civil wars in Africa.
The meeting in Switzerland is the culmination of two years of talks that have led to agreement on the rules, which will take effect in January and will implement a certification system that will track each rough diamond shipment before export.
The rules represent a major step forward but lack specifics from companies about how they will regulate and monitor the flow of diamonds once they are imported. The process also needs to include an independent monitoring system to ensure that governments are complying - otherwise, "blood diamonds" will continue to flow through the system.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Nov 2, 2002|
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