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Vol 50 No 22

Published 6th November 2009


Blood on the stones

Israel and Hezbollah are challenged: where did the blood diamonds go? They never went away

The annual conference of the Kimberley Process this week in Swakopmund, Namibia, heard that Israel faces accusations that Ivorian rebel diamonds are being smuggled into the country. From January, Israel chairs the KP, which supervises the certification of gemstones to prevent 'conflict diamonds' reaching the world market. The accusations challenge Israel and Africa and undermine Kimberley. The KP began in 2003 yet the 'blood-diamond' business is thriving, said the annual review Diamonds and Human Security, published in mid-October by Partnership Africa Canada. The blame, says PAC, lies with governments that are supposed to have cracked down on the smuggling, human rights abuses and money-laundering that mark the trade.

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