EU approves plan to curb trade in ‘conflict diamonds’

The European Union meeting in Belgium has committed itself to curbing trade in “conflict diamonds” that have been used to finance wars in Africa, Reuters reports.

Any rough diamond entering or leaving a cooperating country would have to be transported in a sealed container and accompanied by a certificate of origin.

The agreement, known as the Kimberley Process, was set up two years ago and is supported by the United Nations and 35 countries, as well as the diamond industry.