UAE joins ban on Zimbabwe’s blood diamonds

Pledge seeks to ban trade in conflict diamonds from the Marange fields, gems linked to violence and human rights abuse
UAE joins ban on Zimbabwe’s blood diamonds
Marange, in eastern Zimbabwe, contains the largest-known concentration of diamonds in the world
By Staff writer
Thu 23 Dec 2010 04:05 PM

The UAE has joined an international ban on the trade of ‘blood’
diamonds from the Marange fields in Zimbabwe, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre said.

The Arab state signed the UN-backed Kimberly Process, which seeks
to control the trade in rough diamonds and prevent their use to finance conflict. Other signatories include the UK, US, India and Australia

Marange, in eastern Zimbabwe, contains the largest-known concentration
of diamonds in the world. The field was seized by the Mugabe government in 2006
from the mining venture African Consolidation Resources.

A survey report for De Beers indicated that the Marange fields have a ratio of
more than 1,000 carat per hundred tons, eight times higher than peers.

Profits from Marange’s smuggled diamonds have since been
linked with human rights abuses and violence, with reports suggesting Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe has profited from the illegal trade.

A cable from the US Embassy in Zimbabwe leaked by the
website Wikileaks earlier this month alleged much of the trade passed through
the Gulf.

In a statement, the DMCC said diamonds from Marange would no
longer be permitted.

“We
can confirm that the UAE KP office is in full compliance. The notice issued
states that the ban will remain in place until further instruction from KP.”

 

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