Industry Urged to ‘Self-Police’ on Conflict Diamonds

The U.S. State Department's lead negotiator on conflict diamonds, Alan Eastham, recently urged the industry to "self-police" by not buying conflict diamonds. In a speech at the annual Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) luncheon, Eastham said, "If all the rough dealers would [not buy conflict diamonds], it's unlikely there would be this link between diamonds and war. There is little prospect of stopping conflict in [Sierra Leone and Angola] as long as diamonds provide the resources to keep the conflict going." However, he added, "This isn't about the diamonds. It's about the money that people get for the diamonds. Attacking the industry is not a solution, although the industry has a tremendous role to play." Eastham said the Kimberley Process—the international coalition that's fashioning a "certification scheme" to stop conflict stones from entering cutting centers—had made enor
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