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New deal allows Mugabe to export some diamonds

Zimbabwe will be able to sell some of its diamond stockpiles under the terms of the deal. Following a review of worker conditions in the Marange diamond fields, Zimbabwe may be able to resume full exports by September.
 Zimbabwe has ¼ of the world's diamond supply
 
 
Zimbabwe will be able to sell some of its diamond stockpiles under the terms of the deal. Following a review of worker conditions in the Marange diamond fields, Zimbabwe may be able to resume full exports by September.

Exports from Zimbabwe were banned by the Kimberley Process following allegations that security forces at Marange had committed atrocities. Negotiations have been in deadlock for weeks. The deal follows the release of activist Farai Maguwu on bail. Maguwu was arrested after meeting with the Kimblerley Process on June 3.

"The ball is now in Zimbabwe's court to make good on its promises and act to end one of the most egregious cases of diamond-related violence for many years," Annie Dunnebacke of Global Witness said in a statement. "We fervently hope that the governments in the Kimberley Process will, for their part, hold Zimbabwe to its commitments in order to begin to restore the battered integrity of the scheme."

The Marange mines have been under the control of the Zimbabwean army since 2008, where they have been accused of committing widespread abuses including the murder of approximately 200 miners.

Campaigners have said that money from the diamonds is being used to fund Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party, although Zimbabwe’s army has denied allegations. The diamonds from the Marange field could potentially generate $1.7billion a year.

Edited by Ian Armitage

Source: http://www.kimberleyprocess.com/



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