diamonds1.jpgA High profile three day Kimberley Process Inter-sessional meeting started this morning in Tel Aviv, Israel, with Zimbabwe’s Chiadzwa diamonds expected to take centre stage.
 
Zimbabwe is represented at the meeting by government officials in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development as well as officials from the investing partners in Chiadzwa, who are expected to make presentations on progress made in compliance with the KP requirements. 

 

 

The three day meeting which comes a few weeks after KP Monitor Mr. Abbey Chikane produced a positive second fact finding mission report,  is expected to decide on the certification of the country’s diamonds which are yet to be sold since their discovery.

 

Meanwhile, KPCS chairman,  Mr Boaz Hirsch has joined forces determined to discredit Zimbabwe’s diamonds and to have them blacklisted, citing more alleged violations of human rights.

 

This is despite the fact that KPCS monitor to Zimbabwe, Mr Abbey Chikane has given Zimbabwe’s diamond mining a clean bill of health, saying the country has met minimum KPCS requirements.

 

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Mr Hirsch, himself an Israeli, is demanding the release of the director of the Centre for Research and Development, Farai Maguwu, who was recently arrested for peddling confidential State information to KP monitor, Mr Abbey Chikane.