U.S. Aid Official Discusses ‘Conflict Diamonds’

Jewelers can make a difference in bringing peace to Sierra Leone and other African countries suffering from problems caused by "conflict diamonds." That was the opinion expressed by Sylvia A. Fletcher, a senior advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development, at a luncheon sponsored by the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. "It is you who must insist, until we have all achieved it, that there is a worldwide, operational, and adequate system for certifying the origin of rough diamonds, so that consumers of jewelry and gems may have confidence that they are not indirectly aiding insurgents," she said. "It is you who can identify suspected smuggling and insist on high standards of ethics and integrity in the global diamond market." Fletcher noted that, in the global economy, businesspeople must pay attention to matters they never thought about before. "Consumers in rich countries fo
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