Stop Interfering in Our Diamonds Zimbabwe Tells the West

Botswana diamond processors
Zim has one of the world's largest diamond reserve

Zimbabwe has hailed the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for shooting down attempts by the United States and its allies to redefine conflict diamonds and to place the KPCS under the control of Western organisations.

The US wanted the definition to encompass any “diamond-related violence” – a definition that the Western nations can abuse to further their interests.

This was a clear attempt by Western countries to tar and feather diamonds from the Chiadzwa diamond fields that they have been trying to bar from the international market without success.

The admission by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme chairperson, Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic that Zimbabwean diamonds are not blood diamonds should put to rest Western interference in the trade of Zimbabwean gems.

Zimbabwe has always argued that its diamonds are not conflict diamonds and have co-operated with the KPCS to put in place the necessary security in the diamond fields.

The country has opened itself to the KPCS monitor and followed his recommendations.

Yet it continue to have some so-called civic bodies persisting in their campaign to have the diamonds classified as blood diamonds.

The intention has always been to stop the Zimbabwean economy from performing, in the mistaken belief that this would abet the illegal regime change agenda.

We once again Zimbabwe hails the KPCS member countries for seeing through the Anglo-Saxon designs at the just-ended 9th KPCS intercessional meeting in Washington DC, the United States.

The Anglo-Saxon moves were strongly resisted by more than 90 percent of KPCS members, among them China, Russia, India and the United Arab Emirates.

We salute the KPCS Working Group on Monitoring for reiterating Zimbabwe’s compliance with the KPCS requirements.

To this end, we urge the United States to lift its ruinous sanctions regime on the Zimbabwean economy in general and Mbada Diamonds and Marange Resources in particular.

By continuing to engage the KPCS, Zimbabwe have shown that it has nothing to hide. Which explains why the country got the greenlight to sell its diamonds through the Kinshasa agreement.

Zimbabwe also urge the Western-funded non-governmental organisations, such as Partnership Africa Canada and Human Rights Watch to expend their energies in real trouble spots as their bluff has been called on numerous occasions.

The KPCS fully understands the true situation obtaining in Chiadzwa.

Zimbabwe deserve to be treated fairly and with respect as we have emerged as one of the biggest diamond producers in the world.

The country’s gems cannot be ignored anymore and they are already shaking the world market.

In the end, Zimbabwe should be able to benefit from this finite, critical resource.

Without the sanctions regime it would be easy to account for every cent from diamond sales as there would be no need for sanction-busting measures, which tend to bring opaqueness in the trade and transfer of the diamond revenues.