Industry and Hall Call for Embargo on Congo Diamonds

Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio) recently introduced a "Sense of Congress" resolution calling for a United Nations embargo on conflict diamonds from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hall noted that at least eight other resources in addition to diamonds were fueling the war in Congo, but he said diamonds in particular should be controlled because they "are one of Africa's most liquid resources, the world's easiest commodity to smuggle, and readily available to anyone with power." He added, "I sometimes have disagreed with the diamond industry's leaders, but I know them to be honorable people. Ending the exploitation of this industry's product by those whose crimes mock all it represents is as important for Africa as it is for the diamond industry, but it will be the industry's continued vigilance that determines whether this effort succeeds or collapses. I must reserve my own evaluation of th

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