Diamonds: Kimberley & the Ivory Coast, De Beers & Everlon



KP Targets the Ivory TradeThe Kimberley Process is turning its attention to reports that conflict diamonds are entering the market from the Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) in West Africa.As the only country whose diamonds are considered “conflict” under the traditional definition (“diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments”), the Ivory Coast has, since 2006, faced Kimberley Process and United Nations sanctions.Nevertheless, past U.N. and KP reports have indicated that diamonds continue to be mined in the Ivory Coast and may be leaving through neighboring countries.In light of continued instability in the country, KP chairman Mathieu Yamba sent out a notice on Feb. 15 urging participants “to exercise strong vigilance” to prevent Ivory Coast diamonds from entering the market. “It is
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