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UN Security Council asked to act on Zim’s diamond smuggling

04 march 2009

The Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) has urged the UN Security Council to act toward Zimbabwe in a way it did with the Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone during those countries' blood diamond wars.
"Diamond smuggling has become rampant and dozens of diamond miners have been murdered by the military, which now controls the country's main diamond fields," it said in its latest report.
"The almost desperate insistence by some governments that the Kimberley Process has nothing to do with human rights is disgraceful, that is why our report is addressed to the UN Security Council. In the Kimberley Process there is no appetite for effective action." 
PAC claimed that diamonds in Zimbabwe was a major factor in President Robert Mugabe's hold on power. However, Mugabe’s party recently formed an inclusive government with the opposition MDC.
PAC accused the Kimberley Process, currently chaired by Namibia of being reluctant and unable to deal with Zimbabwe, reiterating on the need for the suspension of Zimbabwe until the nation's diamonds were properly managed, and until it can be established that a stockpile of more than 1.3 million carats had not been sold illegally or bartered by the government.
Zimbabwe claimed last year before it drove out illegal miners from the vast Chiadzwa diamond fields that the smuggling of the precious stones was costing the country USD1, 2-billion a month.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished from Zimbabwe