In other “conflict diamond” news, a cease-fire has been announced in Sierra Leone. It could halt the gruesome conflict that the ABC newsmagazine PrimeTime Live blamed on the diamond industry in October. The Sierra Leone government and rebel group Revolutionary United Front agreed to the 30-day cease-fire following talks in Nigeria. The deal opens the way for U.N. peacekeepers to enter the country’s diamond fields, the primary territory in dispute in the war.
The Sierra Leone government, however, expressed doubt that the RUF would comply with the cease-fire. The RUF gets most of its funding from illicit sales of the country’s diamonds.
The resumption of hostilities in Sierra Leone last year played a large role in increasing international awareness on the conflict diamond issue.