Mugabe expresses Zimbabwe's resolve to sell diamonds

15:49, July 14, 2010      

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President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday declared the country's resolve to sell diamonds to the international market despite opposition by some members of the international community, while the government will be more actively involved in the exploration of precious minerals.

Mugabe said now that it had been established that the country could supply up to 25 percent of the global diamond output, there were huge prospects of the diamond sub-sector to emerge as a major driver of the country's economic turnaround.

Mugabe, who was speaking at the opening the 3rd session of Zimbabwe's 7th Parliament, said despite recommendations by the Kimberly Process (KP) monitor (Abbey Chikane) for the country to be allowed to sale its diamonds after meeting the minimum production requirements, there was still some opposition to the move.

"However those ill-disposed to us have not given up on the use of absurd conditionalities and other dilatory tactics in a bid to block the sale of our diamonds. Let there be no doubt whatsoever about our resolve to sell our diamonds for the benefit of our country and her people."

The government, through the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, entered into joint ventures with two private companies for the extraction of diamonds at the Chiadzwa minefield in Manicaland Province.

KP, which certifies the international trade of diamonds, sent Chikane to assess the operations of the two companies and, after making several recommendations for improvement, certified the operations clean.

However, the diamonds have remained subject of controversy, with some local and international non-governmental organizations alleging human rights abuses at the mines.

Source: Xinhua


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