EU Welcomes Kimberley Process Decision on Marange Exports

The European Union’s European Council welcomed the Kimberley Process agreement reached in Kinshasa yesterday regarding the export and sale of Marange rough diamonds, calling the decision a way forward for the certification scheme and Zimbabwe.

The E.U. launched an initiative aimed at finding consensus among all Kimberley Process members, including Zimbabwe, to preserve the credibility and integrity of the process following the global body’s Intersessional stalemate meeting in June 2011, where no consensus could be reached on Marange exports.

“After months of intensive negotiations with all parties, an agreement has now been reached on the basis of this initiative, which protects the integrity of the Kimberley Process, respects the core concerns of Zimbabwe and the E.U., recognizes the concerns of civil society and meets the expectations of diamond producing and importing countries,” said Catherine Ashton, the high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and vice-president of the Council.

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