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Zimbabwe Cancels Disputed Diamond Auction

Friday, 08 Jan 2010 11:33 AM


The government of Zimbabwe has canceled a diamond auction that had been highly publicized in the state media. Announcing the cancellation, a government official said the company that announced the auction had not followed the procedure for diamond sales.

Both the state and electronic media heralded the auction set for Tuesday, but nothing happened until Ministry of Mines and Mining Development Permanent Secretary Thankful Musukutwa addressed the press. He said the sale of the diamonds would only go ahead after examination and certification by the so-called Kimberly Process Certification Scheme.

"The government of Zimbabwe and the KPCS are currently in the process of engaging that KP monitor and as such no export [of diamonds] will take place prior to certification by the KP monitor," said Thankful Musukutwa.

The diamonds in question are from the Marange fields, where human rights groups have reported widespread abuses by Zimbabwe's security forces against civilians. The Kimberley Process was set up to stop the sale of diamonds in areas where proceeds could be used to fund violence.

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