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Diamond Council Eliminates Illegal Diamond Trade

2002: Diamond Council Eliminates Conflict among Customers

Summer 2002

The World Diamond Council and the Jewelers of America say they support the non-binding resolution of Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio) and other members of Congress calling on the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on diamonds in the Democratic Republic of Congo that are not certified by the government as conflict-free. Currently, U.N. embargoes are in place on diamonds mined by Sierra Leone and Angolan diamonds, and on all diamonds from Liberia.

"The diamond and jewelry industries have been in the forefront of efforts to eliminate the flow of conflict diamonds from the beginning," said Matthew A. Runci, executive director of the World Diamond Council and CEO of JA. "Our goal is to keep conflict diamonds out of the United States and to assure jewelry purchasers that all the diamonds they buy truly are symbols of love and beauty."

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