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Vol 40 No 13

Published 25th June 1999


Gem gumshoes

The United Nations is at last getting serious about the massive diamond-smuggling operations which nourish the rebellion of Jonas Savimbi's União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola. It proposes to cut the trade at source, by placing civilian monitors on the ground at key points, and watching Angola's airspace. After two intense weeks there and in neighbouring states, Robert Fowler, Canada's Ambassador to the UN and head of the Angola sanctions committee, won promises of support - and denials of involvement - from politicians and diamond dealers alike.

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