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Vol 45 No 15

Published 21st July 2004


Congo-Brazzaville

Caught out

Disclosing your exports is one thing, international monitoring is quite another. A review mission of the Kimberley Process monitoring the international diamond trade, led by the Chairman of the South African Diamond Board, Abbey Chikane, could hardly fail to notice the discrepancy between Congo's production of about 50,000 carats per year and its exports of between four and five million. An expulsion was vital if Kimberley, launched in January 2003 to stem the flow of 'conflict diamonds', was to maintain any credibility.

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