diamond.jpgZimbabwe has received overwhelming support from the majority of the participants at the on-going Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, despite efforts by the United States to scuttle the unconditional export of the Marange diamonds.


The high-profile KP Plenary Meeting is being attended by all participants in the Kimberley Process, including representatives of the African Diamond Producers Association.


The certification of all Marange gemstones is high on the agenda of the meeting.


Speaking from Jerusalem, Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde. Obert Mpofu, who hailed the overwhelming support given to Zimbabwe by the majority of the participants at the meeting eager to see the full certification of all Marange diamonds, expressed optimism for a resolution calling for the unconditional export of all diamonds mined in Marange.


“All countries here have taken the KP Review Mission Team to task for failure to abide by the set guidelines. There are however positives to note from the report which acknowledges the compliance of the country with the minimum KP requirements.


“We have seen those countries who are anti-Zimbabwe trying to throw spanners into the report and the authorisation of exports. We are confident though of a positive outcome which will see us resuming export unconditionally,” said Cde Mpofu.

The four-day meeting is expected to conclude the issue of the stockpiles of over 4 million carats of diamonds mined from 2007 to early this year.


It is also expected to come up with strategies to enhance the operations of the global diamond watchdog which of late has been subject to a lot of criticism due its lack of credibility and transparency.