Resolution reaffirms resolve to curb trade in "conflict diamonds"

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Bernardo Francisco Campos, Chief of Kimberly Process 2015, speaks at the General Assembly Meeting On Role of Diamonds in Fuelling Conflict.
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The UN General Assembly has reaffirmed its support for an initiative aimed at preventing "conflict diamonds" from entering legitimate markets.

The chamber on Friday passed a resolution which stressed that the Kimberley Process should have the widest possible participation

The Kimberley Process unites governments, civil society and the diamond industry in the fight to stem the illicit diamond trade, which has financed rebel movements and fuelled conflicts.

It is named for the South African city where countries first met in 2000.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme imposes "extensive requirements" on countries to verify that shipments of rough diamonds are indeed conflict-free.

The resolution calls for continued improvement of procedures that enhance its effectiveness.

The resolution was introduced by Bernardo Campos from Angola, chair of the Kimberley Process.

"The Kimberley Process is a perfect illustration that when Governments work together with the private sector and civil society organizations they can ensure that the legitimate trade in diamonds does indeed help countries, reduce poverty, promote transparency and economic development, as well as combat smuggling and money laundering and meet Sustainable Development Goals."

Mr Campos said the resolution also reflected "substantial progress" made in addressing the need to break the link between the illicit diamond trade and armed conflict.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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