Zim accuses U.S of mulling additional sanctions on Marange diamonds

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The Zimabwean government said that the United States recently tried but unsuccessfully to “usurp” the powers of the Kimberly Process and impose more sanctions on Marange diamonds.

The Herald newspaper alleged that the U.S government conflict diamond advisor, Brad Brooks-Rubin, had drafted the sanctions.

It claimed that Rubin had proposed that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) should be engaged in the determination of expanding the definition of conflict diamonds.

OECD is an international economic organisation of 34 countries geared to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

The group, according to the Herald, met in Washington DC recently, where they resolved that diamonds from Marange were not from a responsible supply chain.

Zimbabwe’s mines minister ObertMpofu was quoted as saying that the refusal by KP members to endorse Rubin’s proposal in Dubai had left the U.S and its allies “with egg on the face”.

“About two weeks ago the West were rubbished off in Dubai, where they raised the idea of creating a super KPCS by involving the OECD,” he said.

“The whole idea was to put Marange diamonds under the spotlight and label them as blood diamonds, however their fresh attempts were resisted by delegates.

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