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Vol 48 No 23

Published 16th November 2007

Less blood on the stones

Blood diamonds are no longer a main concern for Africa's diamond industry. A reputation for fuelling conflict is no longer a big obstacle to sales, according to the 47 delegates, representing 73 countries, who met in Brussels on 5-8 November to discuss the Kimberley Process, which is designed to identify and track the origins of stones as they come onto the market. The European Union's External Relations Commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, cheerfully assured the delegates at the Antwerp Diamond Conference that 'diamonds are no longer the rebels' best friends'.

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