November 16th, 2005
Weak government controls are failing to stop diamonds from fuelling conflict, according to a new report by Global Witness.
The report, Making it Work: Why the Kimberley Process Must Do More to Stop Conflict Diamonds, targets the annual meeting of the Kimberley Process Plenary which started yesterday in Moscow.
“Despite considerable achievements, both governments and the diamond industry must share the blame for flaws in the implementation of the Kimberley Process,” the UK pressure group said in a statement.
Global Witness is calling on the Kimberley Process Plenary meeting in Moscow to take immediate action to halt the trade in conflict diamonds from Cote d'Ivoire. It also said the United Nations Security Council should place sanctions on diamonds from Cote d'Ivoire.