Conflict Diamond Issue Will Go On—Even Without Conflicts

There's peace in the three African countries torn apart by conflict diamonds … but the issue isn't likely to go away. In August, the warring parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to a cease-fire. This follows truces in Sierra Leone and Angola, the two other countries with diamond-fueled rebellions. Even so, the industry will remain under pressure to enact rough controls. "Although the conflicts seem to have subsided, the Kimberley Process [the inter-governmental group that's fashioning the rough diamond certification system] should still go forward," said J.P. Bindenagel, the State Department's newly appointed special negotiator for conflict diamonds, at a recent Diamond Dealers Club luncheon. "Rough controls are important not just for stopping insurrections now, but to make sure diamonds are not used to reignite insurrections in the future." Matt Runci, executive
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